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Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

Nihon shunka-kô (original title)
Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

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Ichirô Araki ...
Toyoaki Nakamura
Kazuko Tajima ...
Mayuko Fujiwara
Jûzô Itami ...
Ôtake (as Ichizô Itami)
Akiko Koyama ...
Takako Tanigawa
Koji Iwabuchi ...
Hideo Uede (as Kôji Iwabuchi)
Kazuyoshi Kushida ...
Katsumi Hiroi (as Kazumi Kushida)
Hiroshi Satô ...
Kôji Maruyama
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Sanae Satomi
Hiroko Masuda ...
Satoko Ikeda
Hideko Yoshida ...
Sachiko Kaneda
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Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

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Sing a Song of Sex (1967)
27 December 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

It's interesting to me how basically each Nagisa Oshima film is so stylistically different even though most if not all deal with the topics of sex, violence and politics. Sing a Song of Sex (aka A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs), based on an essay by Tomomichi Soeda, is a strange hybrid of a transgressive teenage angst film, a political manifesto, an off-beat musical, an indictment of society and a hallucinative art film.

The movie follows four students whose teacher (played by Tampopo director Juzo Itami) delivers long drunken speeches about bawdy folk songs and how they were invented as a sexual outlet by and for the oppressed people. The students take in a different message and go on with their weird rape fantasies, mostly hanging around and singing bawdy songs. The film is a bizarre portrayal of the aimless youth of the time, but it also criticizes the Japanese intolerance towards Korean minorities (a theme later explored in two other Oshima films). Beyond that though, the movie is a bit too strange to make a head or tail out of it. It oscillates between light confusion and uncomfortable strangeness, always faithful to the red-black color palette (which I really dig) and its soundtrack composed of bawdy folk songs and American evergreens. A recommendation, maybe.


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