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Nagisa Oshima
2013. 61st Edition
Films
Films
Classic retrospective. Nagisa Oshima
Classic retrospective. Nagisa Oshima
Ai to kibo no machi / Street of Love and Hope
Nagisa Oshima
JAPAN  1959
In his first work Oshima already demonstrates his interest in the people abandoned in the wake of Japan´s “economic miracle” seen through the story of Masao, a young boy with no choice but to support his sick mother and mentally-ill sister.

In his first work Oshima already demonstrates his interest in the people abandoned in the wake of Japan´s “economic miracle” seen through the story of Masao, a young boy with no choice but to support his sick mother and mentally-ill sister.

Asu no taiyo / Tomorrow's Sun
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1959
One of Oshima's early works, a false promotional trailer shot by the director before taking the jump to full-length films.

One of Oshima's early works, a false promotional trailer shot by the director before taking the jump to full-length films.

Seishun zankoku monogatari / Naked Youth
Nagisa Oshima
JAPAN  1960
A powerful generational portrait of two “angry” Japanese youngsters in the 60 built around the stormy relationship between the unscrupulous Kiyoshi and the pretty Makoto, who helps him to blackmail the older men who make sexual propositions to her.

A powerful generational portrait of two “angry” Japanese youngsters in the 60 built around the stormy relationship between the unscrupulous Kiyoshi and the pretty Makoto, who helps him to blackmail the older men who make sexual propositions to her.

Taiyo no hakaba / The Sun's Burial
Nagisa Oshima
JAPAN  1960
A chronicle of life in the dregs of the Osaka underworld, a claustrophobic social frieze revolving around a prostitute who runs a sordid business: trafficking in the blood of people who are obliged to sell it to survive.

A chronicle of life in the dregs of the Osaka underworld, a claustrophobic social frieze revolving around a prostitute who runs a sordid business: trafficking in the blood of people who are obliged to sell it to survive.

Nihon no yoru to kiri / Night and Fog in Japan
Nagisa Oshima
JAPAN  1960
Oshima´s first obviously political film describes the tension in the ranks of the Zinkyoto, the left-wing Japanese student movement. A work of surprising visual style reflecting the ideological disillusionment of an entire generation.

Oshima´s first obviously political film describes the tension in the ranks of the Zinkyoto, the left-wing Japanese student movement. A work of surprising visual style reflecting the ideological disillusionment of an entire generation.

Shiiku / The Catch
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1961
Adaptation of a novel by Kenzaburo Oé set in World War II: an Afro-American pilot is captured by the inhabitants of a small village. The situation is used by Oshima to depict yet another unrelenting X-ray of Japanese society.

Adaptation of a novel by Kenzaburo Oé set in World War II: an Afro-American pilot is captured by the inhabitants of a small village. The situation is used by Oshima to depict yet another unrelenting X-ray of Japanese society.

Amakusa Shiro Tokisada / Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1962
Inroads by Oshima to historic films through the tale of Christian rebel Shiro Amakusa, who led the peasants´ campaign against the Shogunate in the 17th century. The director draws on the past to construct a metaphor on the present and the political repressions of the 60s.

Inroads by Oshima to historic films through the tale of Christian rebel Shiro Amakusa, who led the peasants´ campaign against the Shogunate in the 17th century. The director draws on the past to construct a metaphor on the present and the political repressions of the 60s.

Etsuraku / Pleasures of the Flesh
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1964
A thriller-like film, asphyxiating and melancholy, where a man who has committed a murder is blackmailed by another who witnessed the crime. A journey through the labyrinths of prostitution and pornography, hosted by the Yakuza. 

A thriller-like film, asphyxiating and melancholy, where a man who has committed a murder is blackmailed by another who witnessed the crime. A journey through the labyrinths of prostitution and pornography, hosted by the Yakuza. 

Yunbogi no nikki / Yunbogi's Diary
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1965
A short filmed in South Korea in which Oshima narrates the life of Yunbogi, a boy from the Taegu city slums who has to do all sorts of jobs to feed his siblings.

A short filmed in South Korea in which Oshima narrates the life of Yunbogi, a boy from the Taegu city slums who has to do all sorts of jobs to feed his siblings.

Hakuchu no torima / Violence at Noon
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1966
A new study by Oshima of the sexuality and violence that mark Japanese society: the portrayal of a rapist and killer of women constructed thanks to the memories of his wife and one of his victims. One of the director’s most tense and astounding works.

A new study by Oshima of the sexuality and violence that mark Japanese society: the portrayal of a rapist and killer of women constructed thanks to the memories of his wife and one of his victims. One of the director’s most tense and astounding works.

Ninja bugeicho / Band of Ninja
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1967
A surprising contribution by Oshima to animation cinema taking a popular manga by Sampei Shirato to the screen. An experimental work depicting a completely different way of understanding animated film.

A surprising contribution by Oshima to animation cinema taking a popular manga by Sampei Shirato to the screen. An experimental work depicting a completely different way of understanding animated film.

Nihon shunka-ko / Sing a Song of Sex
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1967
Oshima follows the odyssey of four college students obsessed by sex and obscene songs. A tragicomic fantasy, delirious and grotesque, on his recurring themes: repressed desire and the complex relations between sexes.

Oshima follows the odyssey of four college students obsessed by sex and obscene songs. A tragicomic fantasy, delirious and grotesque, on his recurring themes: repressed desire and the complex relations between sexes.

Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu / Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1967
The Japanese tradition of shinju (or the double suicide of two lovers) is taken up again by Oshima in one of his most enigmatic works. The artistic vanguards of the period join hands in a fatalistic, tragic film of refined aesthetics.

The Japanese tradition of shinju (or the double suicide of two lovers) is taken up again by Oshima in one of his most enigmatic works. The artistic vanguards of the period join hands in a fatalistic, tragic film of refined aesthetics.

Koshikei / Death by Hanging
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1968
A dark satire following the Kafkaesque ups and downs of a Korean man condemned to death who survives hanging. Based on a true story, the film demonstrates the extent to which Oshima cleverly drew on the teachings of modern European cinema.

A dark satire following the Kafkaesque ups and downs of a Korean man condemned to death who survives hanging. Based on a true story, the film demonstrates the extent to which Oshima cleverly drew on the teachings of modern European cinema.

Kaette kita yopparai / Three Resurrected Drunkards
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1968
A courageous denunciation of the xenophobia congenital to Japanese society: three students go on holiday to a coastal village, where they are mistaken for Koreans, an ethnic minority particularly unpopular with the locals.

A courageous denunciation of the xenophobia congenital to Japanese society: three students go on holiday to a coastal village, where they are mistaken for Koreans, an ethnic minority particularly unpopular with the locals.

Shinjuku dorobo nikki / Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1969
The adventures of a book thief in the Japanese district of Shinjuku give the basis to a film-collage taking its inspiration from experimental theatre and analysing the secret connection between sexuality and political activism.

The adventures of a book thief in the Japanese district of Shinjuku give the basis to a film-collage taking its inspiration from experimental theatre and analysing the secret connection between sexuality and political activism.

Shonen / Boy
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1969
A sordid true story once again provides Oshima with inspiration for one of his most direct and striking discourses on social corruption: a boy is repeatedly used by his parents as a false traffic accident victim so that they can claim compensation.

A sordid true story once again provides Oshima with inspiration for one of his most direct and striking discourses on social corruption: a boy is repeatedly used by his parents as a false traffic accident victim so that they can claim compensation.

Tokyo senso sengo hiwa / The Man Who Left His Will on Film
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1970
An independent production shot by Oshima with non-professional actors, in complete underground film spirit and aesthetics akin to the documentary. An audacious testimony of the Japanese counterculture of the time.

An independent production shot by Oshima with non-professional actors, in complete underground film spirit and aesthetics akin to the documentary. An audacious testimony of the Japanese counterculture of the time.

Gishiki / The Ceremony
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1971
The most venerated Japanese traditions are laid bare in this sharp satire using a wedding ceremony to highlight the tensions underlying social facades. 

The most venerated Japanese traditions are laid bare in this sharp satire using a wedding ceremony to highlight the tensions underlying social facades. 

Natsu no imoto / Dear Summer Sister
Nagisa Oshima
Japan  1972
Set on Okinawa Island, a bittersweet tale of how a young generation is obliged to live with the undercurrent of a traumatic past: World War II and the Japanese occupation.

Set on Okinawa Island, a bittersweet tale of how a young generation is obliged to live with the undercurrent of a traumatic past: World War II and the Japanese occupation.

Ai no korida / The Realm of the Senses
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-France  1976
The film for which Oshima earned worldwide fame and marked a new era in the way sexuality was portrayed in cinema. The true story of Sada Abe, the woman who killed and castrated her lover, became in Oshima’s hands an out-and-out declaration of principles on the subversive power of sex.

The film for which Oshima earned worldwide fame and marked a new era in the way sexuality was portrayed in cinema. The true story of Sada Abe, the woman who killed and castrated her lover, became in Oshima’s hands an out-and-out declaration of principles on the subversive power of sex.

Ai no borei / Empire of Passion
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-France  1978
Oshima takes the tradition of kaidan-eiga (ghost stories), so widespread in Japanese cinema, to construct this beautiful film on a passionate and tragic love affair that defies social taboos.

Oshima takes the tradition of kaidan-eiga (ghost stories), so widespread in Japanese cinema, to construct this beautiful film on a passionate and tragic love affair that defies social taboos.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-UK  1982
An international co-production on which Oshima worked with big-name stars like David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kitano. What at first seems to be a traditional war film turns into yet another of the director’s explorations of the chasms of desire.

An international co-production on which Oshima worked with big-name stars like David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kitano. What at first seems to be a traditional war film turns into yet another of the director’s explorations of the chasms of desire.

Max mon amour
Nagisa Oshima
France-USA  1986
Oshima takes another step forward in his constant quest to test the limits and taboos that condition sexual relations. Charlotte Rampling plays a married, middle-class woman who has an affair with a rather surprising lover: a chimpanzee.

Oshima takes another step forward in his constant quest to test the limits and taboos that condition sexual relations. Charlotte Rampling plays a married, middle-class woman who has an affair with a rather surprising lover: a chimpanzee.

Kyoto, My Mother's Place
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-UK  1991
A documentary used by Oshima to draw a portrait of his mother and the city of her birth, Kyoto. Old photographs, paintings and engravings, plus some of his own footage compose a fresco of the city of temples, the ancient capital of Japan.

A documentary used by Oshima to draw a portrait of his mother and the city of her birth, Kyoto. Old photographs, paintings and engravings, plus some of his own footage compose a fresco of the city of temples, the ancient capital of Japan.

Nihon eiga no hayku nen / One Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-UK  1995
Produced by the British Film Institute, this documentary takes a look at 100 years in the history of Japanese cinema guided by one of its central characters, Nagisa Oshima.

Produced by the British Film Institute, this documentary takes a look at 100 years in the history of Japanese cinema guided by one of its central characters, Nagisa Oshima.

Gohatto / Taboo
Nagisa Oshima
Japan-France-UK  2000
In his last film Oshima proposes a synthesis of the subjects to have obsessed him throughout his filmography. Here samurai cinema is portrayed from a very unusual angle: homosexual relations in its closed world.

In his last film Oshima proposes a synthesis of the subjects to have obsessed him throughout his filmography. Here samurai cinema is portrayed from a very unusual angle: homosexual relations in its closed world.

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