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The Japanese director, who has died aged 80, deserves to be known for more than In the Realm of the Senses. He was a brilliant satirist who took aim at hypocrisy and confirmity

The last time the director Nagisa Oshima came into my head was while watching Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad. A teenage boy kills himself in a failed auto-erotic strangling experiment and his father (Robin Williams), a failed writer, disguises it as a heart-wrenching suicide and writes a sucrose bestselling "memoir" of his tragic son.

Without Oshima's sensational 1976 masterpiece Ai No Corrida – known to English-speaking audiences as In the Realm of the Senses – none of that could exist. Western audiences were stunned at the film's dark and fanatical intensity, its violence, its fusion of eros and thanatos, and of course its erotic choking scenes, that black mass of ritualised sexuality with which a woman kills her lover. Many »

- Peter Bradshaw

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