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2 September 1967 (Japan) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Keiko Sakurai ... Nejiko
Kei Satô ... Otoko
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tetsuo Ashida ... Himeji
Yoshiyuki Fukuda
Hideo Kanze
Hôsei Komatsu
Shunsuke Mizoguchi ... Tsukibito
Bunya Ozawa ... Matsuyama
Masakazu Tamura
Taiji Tonoyama
Rokko Toura ... Television

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mamoru Sasaki 
Tsutomu Tamura 
Nagisa Ôshima 

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
Takuji Yamaguchi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Yasuhiro Yoshioka 
 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
 
Art Direction by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeji Sano .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Muri shinjû: Nihon no natsu" - Japan (original title)
"Japanese Summer: Unreasonable Double Suicide" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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98 min
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Oshima Film?, 5 January 2010
Author: mowgli_07 from United Kingdom

This is possibly the best film Nagisa Oshima ever made; and one of the more accessible.

The film begins somewhere in the near future, in Japan. The streets and roads are empty of civilians, only the occasional police car or military squad march down the road.

Our protagonist, Nejiko, a attractive and frustrated adolescent is attempting to seduce policemen and soldiers; but none are interested, their busy fulfilling their duty. Nejiko eventually bumps into deserter soldier Otoko (played by Oshima regular Kai Sato) - he is also wandering around alone searching for something; unfortunately for Nejiko he isn't interested in sex, he wants to find someone to kill him. The pair end up getting taken to a secret compound by 'gangsters' who turn out to be members of a secret army plotting to overthrow the government.

The bulk of the film takes place in this military compound inside one of the sheds where Otoko, Nejiko and a group of mercenaries are waiting on orders (and weapons) from the leaders.

Unfortunately for the would-be revolutionaries a Westerner is driving throughout Japan in a car on a rampage sniping people; resulting in all the police and military being deployed trying to stop him; and he gets ever closer to the secret army's military base.

But whilst all the mercenary men discuss their past, their justification of violence, their favoured weapons, poor Nejiko just wants one of them to make love to her!

The film later on leaves the barracks and goes on a search with several members of the group.

The cinematography resembles Resnais' in Hiroshima Mon Amour, which is one of my favourite films, but I think this film beats it!

Oshima fills his film with a group of completely differing mysterious characters, forces them in close proximity to each other and observes them interacting often with explosive results. None really have importance over the other, and all are flawed.

For me, this film is about the search for Japanese pride after World War 2; and the absurd importance placed upon it above all others things. Oshima critiques each different group's reaction - the students, the police and army, the elderly, the war criminals, the businessmen.

Only the women are left uncriticised.. The one woman in the film, the only one brave enough to leave her home and get what she wants, just gets in the way of the men looking for their pride- ignoring the fact that a new Japan can only be brought about by the two coming together and starting anew.

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