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2009 — 45th Chicago International Film Festival

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Kanikôsen Kanikôsen

Director: _ Sabu

Kanikôsen takes us into the belly of an industrial hell as exploited laborers aboard the titular crab cannery ship struggle to find escape, or at least respite, from their grim existence. With mass suicide attempted and then rejected as an option, they slowly realize their only recourse is open revolt. Sabu brings a modern sensibility to his adaptation of the 1929 novel, adding stylized visuals and his trademark flourishes of black comedy.

Japanese with English subtitles, 109 minutes