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Subversive Japanese director best remembered for controversial 1976 classic In the Realm of the Senses dies of pneumonia

Nagisa Oshima, the radical Japanese film-maker who scandalised his homeland with the explicit drama In the Realm of the Senses, has died of pneumonia at the age of 80. The director had been in ill health for a number of years, after suffering a series of strokes. His last film, the gay samurai drama Taboo, competed at the Cannes film festival in 1999.

A former law student and leftwing activist, Oshima worked in direct opposition to what he felt was the timid gentility of postwar Japanese cinema. "My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it," he said. Oshima once banned the colour green from his movies. He reportedly saw it as too calming an influence.

Billed by international critics as Japan's answer to Jean-Luc Godard, Oshima made his debut with 1959's A Town »

- Xan Brooks

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