Imamura enrolled in technical college to avoid being drafted in World War II, shifting his focus to playwriting and filmmaking after the war ended. Part of the Japanese New Wave, Imamura made his directorial debut in 1958 with Stolen Desire. But it was with his 1961 gangster farce Pigs and Battleships that he hit his stride and began to focus on the fringe figures, strong women and messy characters that would come to characterize his work.
After spending much of the 1970s making documentaries, Imamura returned to features during his later years, winning the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for both The Ballad of Narayama (1983) and Unagi (1997). He died on May 30, 2006.
An unorthodox look at the repercussions of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, is presented in this collection of short films about how people from all walks of life were ultimately changed that day. Included are stories from a World Trade Center tour guide with relationship problems just before the attacks and a lonely man who lives minutes from the Twin Towers. Also included is a segment tackling the viewpoint of a suicide bomber.