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.
Yoshimoto Ogata believes it's his patriotic duty to provide smut to his fellow men. He uses the profits from his 8mm films to support his lover and her two children. Although never explicit, this movie contains disturbing content, including intimations of incest and the exploitation of a mentally retarded girl. Based on a scandalous novel, the film boldly investigates the relationship between sexual desire and one bizarre family.