Imamura was one of the icons of Japanese New Wave cinema, twice winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Concentrating on gritty social issues, he frequently raised eyebrows with his work, which included a piece based on the September 11th terrorist attacks as part of the 2002 short film compilation 11'09''01 (DVD 1329). Cause of death was liver cancer.
Other Imamura films in Media Services:
The Eel DVD 438
Black Rain VHS 954
Wikipedia article on Imamura