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23 February 1967 (Japan) See more »
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Really strange and perverted movie, but I wouldn't expect much less from Nagisa Oshima See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
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

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
Writing credits
Tomomichi Soeda (essay)

Tsutomu Tamura (screenplay) &
Mamoru Sasaki (screenplay) &
Toshio Tajima (screenplay) &
Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
Original Music by
Hikaru Hayashi 
Cinematography by
Akira Takada 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Set Decoration by
Jusho Toda 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Osamu Yasui .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yasuhiro Yoshioka .... still photographer
Other crew
Takuji Yamaguchi .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Nihon shunka-kô" - Japan (original title)
"A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs" - International (English title)
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103 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Really strange and perverted movie, but I wouldn't expect much less from Nagisa Oshima, 26 November 2011
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Sing a Song of Sex, or 'A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs' (frankly I can't really tell you which title is better) is done by a filmmaker who has a kind of poker face, and only reveals his hand just slightly half-way through, so that by the end you really feel the collective punch of his full show of cards. It's a story that has a melancholy air to it, but suffused with a captivating sense of irony and self-consciousness ultimately with itself. Its main characters really couldn't give a damn, except to get laid, and in a way it's like the twisted older cousin of an American Pie movie... only without the bawdy jokes and replaced with bawdy songs, I guess.

This film takes a look at aimless youths finishing high school and getting ready for college who after the sudden death of a teacher wander about singing the same song of sex (going through ten scenarios through the song), and imagining raping a girl in a classroom. There is also a girlfriend of sorts (or two) who follow with their pack, and at one point they come across a group singing protest songs in English. But mostly not a whole lot "happens" except that Oshima gets precisely and dangerously into the minds of his politically conscious - or un-conscious- minds. What do these four boys think about? What's their plan or play? What about the one student who may or may not (or not likely) have been able to save the teacher's life? The style starts out very realistically, which opens it up for how bizarre it gets later on since nothing seems too self-conscious, but everything has on another air of fantasy to it. The last ten minutes gets especially brutal, though all with a slow and uncomfortably surreal boil (by uncomfortable I mean as a compliment). It's a mature, super-black comic work by a director who knows how to put the camera in positions that make his characters more than just figures in a frame but figures set against the backdrops they're in (snow, city buildings, bridges, crowds, the empty school room).

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