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The Sun's Burial (1960)

Taiyô no hakaba (original title)
In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Shin, leader of gang
Kayoko Honoo ...
Hanako
Isao Sasaki ...
New gang member Takeshi
Fumio Watanabe ...
Yosehei
Kamatari Fujiwara ...
Batasuke, peddlar
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Chika, Batasuke's wife
Junzaburô Ban ...
Yotsematsu, Hanako's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Hamamura ...
Goro Murata
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Peddlar
Kyu Ito ...
The 'horse'
Yûsuke Kawazu ...
Gang member
Asao Koike ...
Black Glasses
Hôsei Komatsu ...
Clochard
Ichirô Nagai ...
The 'lance'
Kôji Nakahara ...
Gang member (as Koji Nakahara)
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In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin's gang. Shin's an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she's in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she's taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others' murderers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 January 1985 (USA)  »

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The sun's burial-An early Nagisa Oshima film which depicted the insignificant lives of petty criminals in Osaka.
2 November 2015 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Japanese director Nagisa Oshima's cinema can be divided into two distinctly unique periods; both of which were seen before and after his classics of erotic cinema genre 'In the realm of the senses' and 'Empire of passion'. Japanese film 'The Sun's Burial' belongs to his early period, a time of discovery of Japanese society especially its riffraff. Like his contemporary colleague cineaste Shohei Imamura, Oshima chooses to remain neutral in order to depict the meanness of his characters. Neither men nor women have been spared as all their crimes as well as weaknesses have been portrayed with utmost honesty. All of them have been shown as they have always been. Much of this film's strength comes in the form of depiction of a criminal world in Osaka where it is 'each man for himself'. It is a world in which innocence has either been lost or has absolutely no meaning for criminals. It is in the midst of a harsh climate of deception that the sun disappears for criminal elements in Osaka,Japan. The name of director Nagisa Oshima invariably springs to mind each time a discussion about Japanese cinema is carried out. For this reason only,he continues to be as much a revered figure as other masters from Japan such as Kurosawa, Mizoguchi and Ozu.


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