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Nagisa Oshima explores the first century of Japanese cinema. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nagisa Ôshima ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William B. White ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nagisa Ôshima 

Produced by
Bob Last .... executive producer
Colin MacCabe .... executive producer
Eiko Oshima .... producer
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
Film Editing by
Tomoyo Oshima 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Satoshi Ito .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kunio Ando .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Masashi Chikamori .... camera operator

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • absolut MEDIEN (2008) (Germany) (DVD) (Arte Edition Filmgeschichte weltweit)
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Also Known As:
"Nihon eiga no hyaku nen" - Japan (original title)
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60 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Nagisa Ôshima's 100 Years, 17 December 2016
Author: ken558 from Singapore

When I watched it, the DVD was clearly entitled "Nagisa Ôshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema".

Nowhere in the DVD nor the narration that it purports to be the definitive "100 Years of Japanese Cinema", simply Nagisa Ôshima's OWN experience and view of it. Anyone with some intelligence and a clear open mind watching this short 54mins documentary with personalised narration would know it is not meant at all to be definitive in any way, but simply one person's view.

Except of course for the two pseudo-purists reviewers before me here who simply ignored this aspect and simply went on to blindly savage both this very interesting 'personalised view' and Nagisa Ôshima himself as if he is a demagogue interested merely in promoting himself.

This is totally far from the truth - it is these two ridiculously narrow-minded reviewers who are so keen to promote their own egoistical 'wow I am so knowledgeable of Japanese cinema' that they simply took cheap advantage of their own chosen misinterpretation to promote themselves. Ignore these two farcical and pretentious know-it-alls.

This personalised documentary is highly interesting in itself for what it is, with well-chosen imagery and snippets from a range of Japanese movies from 1910s to 1990s from a range of directors, and there is nothing about it that is meant to be definitive, and is great as it is.

Nagisa Ôshima's efforts to compile this set of quaint compelling imagery and narration representing his view is a treasure.


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