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What is Obscene? Oshima and His Films Offer the Answer

17 January 2013 12:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nagisa Oshima movies: From Death by Hanging to Taboo [See previous post: "Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker Dies."] Among Nagisa Oshima’s other seminal works are Death by Hanging (1968); and the Cannes Film Festival entries Empire of Passion (1978), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), Max Mon Amour (1986), and Taboo (1999), which turned out to be Oshima’s last effort. With the exception of Max Mon Amour, the Cannes titles were also nominated for multiple Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture. (Photo: Nagisa Oshima.) Much like In the Realm of the Senses, Death by Hanging was inspired by a real-life incident: the botched hanging of a young Korean man convicted of rape and murder. In Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, David Bowie plays a World War II prisoner of war who has a complex Billy Budd-like — desire/hate — relationship with a Japanese captain (played by rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto, who also composed the film’s score). Despite its title and the presence of Tatsuya Fuji, »

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Nagisa Oshima obituary

15 January 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Japanese film-maker best known for the sexually explicit In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, starring David Bowie

In a sense, it is unfortunate that the Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, who has died aged 80, was more infamous than famous, due to one film, In the Realm of the Senses (also known as Ai No Corrida, 1976). Although it was, for many, in the realms of pornography, the film was a serious treatment of the link between the political and the sexual, eroticism and death (previously dealt with in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris), and a breakthrough in the representation of explicit sex in mainstream art cinema. Like Bertolucci, Oshima was held and acquitted on an obscenity charge.

Based on a true cause célèbre, In the Realm of the Senses tells of a married man and a geisha, who retreat from the militarist Japan of 1936 into a world of their own, »

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‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ Director Nagisa Oshima Dies

15 January 2013 2:44 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Legendary Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima has passed away at the age of 80. The man responsible for directing such treats as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Empire Of Passion died of pneumonia on the afternoon of 15th of January 2013. Oshima hadn’t directed a film since 1999′s controversial Taboo which looked at homosexual relationships within the samurai classes, as he suffered a stroke 1996 and never fully recovered.

He shot to fame in the 1970s for his controversial classic In The Realm Of The Senses, a film that bravely mixed sexuality and violence. Never one to shy away from controversy, Oshima once stated:

My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it.

No surprise then that his films would always receive mixed reactions and stray far from what would be considered the norm. Arguably his biggest achievement was Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a film that saw David Bowie as a a Pow. »

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Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima dies at 80

15 January 2013 9:28 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tokyo (AP) — Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director internationally acclaimed for his films "Empire of Passion" and "In the Realm of the Senses," has died of pneumonia. He was 80.   His office, Oshima Productions, said Oshima died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital near Tokyo after being in and out of hospital since he was struck by a stroke more than a decade ago.   A former student radical from Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, Oshima debuted in 1959 with "A Town of Love and Hope," quickly earning a reputation of a "new wave" director with social and political themes during »

- Mary Yamaguchi (AP Staff)

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Nagisa Oshima – a career in clips

15 January 2013 8:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The renowned Japanese director, who died on 15 January, was best known for his explicit In the Realm of the Senses – but there was far more to his work than that. We take a look back at his career highlights

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After a short apprenticeship at the Shochiku film studio, Nagisa Oshima made his directorial debut aged 27 with A Town of Love and Hope in 1959, but it was his 1960 follow-up, Cruel Story of Youth, that propelled him to national attention. Drawing on techniques of the then-nascent European new waves, and striking a chord with its frustrated adolescent protagonists, Cruel Story hit a nerve in the roiling social mood of the early 60s.

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After his explicitly political Night and Fog in Japan (also 1960) was withdrawn by a nervous Shochiku, Oshima spent the next few years working in TV, »

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R.I.P. Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013)

15 January 2013 7:14 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

An award-winning provocateur who challenged censors but found a devoted following, Japanese director Nagisa Oshima has sadly passed away at the age of 80. A law student before turning to film, from the start Oshima was pushing the envelope, with his third feature "Night And Fog In Japan" removed from circulation after only three days in release, with concerns that it would cause political "unrest." But it would be two pictures directed in the 1970s that would bring the director the most print and notoriety. "In The Realm Of The Senses" shocked with its unsimulated sex scenes, in the tale of an obsessive love affair, while "Empire Of Passion" was also intense in its depiction of desire, but also earned him accolades, including a Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival. From there, Oshima moved on to another career highlight, the WWII tale "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" featuring David Bowie and composer/actor/rock. »

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Famous Japanese Film Director Dies At 80

15 January 2013 6:19 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Tokyo -- Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director known for internationally acclaimed films "Empire of Passion" and "In the Realm of the Senses," has died of pneumonia. He was 80.

His office says Oshima died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital near Tokyo.

A former student activist from Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, Oshima debuted in 1959, often depicting social issues. Oshima quickly rose to fame as a leading Japanese "new wave" director.

Oshima stirred public indecency debate in Japan when he released "In the Realm of the Senses" in 1976. Two years later, Oshima won best director award at the Canne International Film Festival with "Empire of Passion."

Despite suffering a stroke in 1996, Oshima briefly returned to filmmaking in 1999 with "Taboo," which became his last work. »

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Nagisa Oshima dies aged 80

15 January 2013 6:06 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Subversive Japanese director best remembered for controversial 1976 classic In the Realm of the Senses dies of pneumonia

Nagisa Oshima, the radical Japanese film-maker who scandalised his homeland with the explicit drama In the Realm of the Senses, has died of pneumonia at the age of 80. The director had been in ill health for a number of years, after suffering a series of strokes. His last film, the gay samurai drama Taboo, competed at the Cannes film festival in 1999.

A former law student and leftwing activist, Oshima worked in direct opposition to what he felt was the timid gentility of postwar Japanese cinema. "My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it," he said. Oshima once banned the colour green from his movies. He reportedly saw it as too calming an influence.

Billed by international critics as Japan's answer to Jean-Luc Godard, Oshima made his debut with 1959's A Town »

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