Shohei Imamura, Japan, 1987, Arrow Films, Arthouse

“A thought-provoking black comedy about Japan’s drive towards expansion as well as the human downfalls that go with it.” -- Rouven Linnarz, ASIAN MOVIE PULSE

A penniless Japanese barber finds himself stranded in Manchuria and ordered to spy on Russian forces. After investing his earnings in a brothel business, he turns into a white-suited playboy as he opens new shops across the continent, anticipating a Japanese invasion of countries far and wide and defending his activity as a form of higher patriotism. A sharply satirical skewering of early 20th-century globalization, ZEGEN is a lavish yet low-key historical epic exposing the vibrant underbelly of flesh peddling across Southeast Asia.

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  • 124 mins.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP