It's a dog-eat-dog world out there—and, more often than not a bird-eat-bird and a snake-eat-mouse one too, according to the late Shohei Imamura, whose films are the subject of the long overdue BAM retrospective "Pimps, Prostitutes, and Pigs: Shohei Imamura's Japan." The work of a social anthropologist with an unapologetic Darwinian streak, these are movies in which modern Japan is but a simulacrum of its feudal past, and where the epochs separating civilized man from his animal forefathers are routinely collapsed in a heartbeat. They are guttural epics bubbling over with rape and revenge, incest and adultery. And to see them again today is to be reminded of how timid most other Japanese cinema—to say nothing of cinema in... More >>>