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Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near Tokyo. Oshima, who in the last 15 years had suffered a series of strokes, was 80. (Photo: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji in Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses.) Some refer to the likes of Quentin Tarantino or Spike Lee or Martin Scorsese or Terrence Malick as "iconoclastic filmmakers." Those people clearly haven’t bothered learning the definition of the word. Having said that, "iconoclast" is the perfect label for Nagisa Oshima. For once, in fact, laudatory obituary headlines — those announcing the "iconoclastic" Oshima’s death — perfectly reflect the personal and social standing of the deceased. Really, if Tarantino, for one, were a true iconoclast, »

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