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Death by Hanging (1968)

Kôshikei (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 December 1971 (USA)
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

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Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Prison warden
Do-yun Yu Do-yun Yu ... R
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe ... Education Officer
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... District attorney
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... Doctor
Toshirô Ishidô Toshirô Ishidô ... Priest
Masao Adachi Masao Adachi ... Chief of guards
Masao Matsuda Masao Matsuda ... Secretary of the D.A.
Takashi Ueno Takashi Ueno ... Guard
Takao Usui Takao Usui
Daiji Ozeki Daiji Ozeki
Masayuki Hoshi Masayuki Hoshi
Shizuo Satô Shizuo Satô ... Guard
Nagisa Ôshima ... Narrator (voice)
Akiko Terayima Akiko Terayima
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death by Hanging See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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The convict: A dream seems real, reality seems a dream. Such things happen, don't they?
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Hardcore surrealism
13 November 2018 | by exttraspecialSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting it but after the first few minutes of what would seem to be an ordinary documentary the story falls in rapid succession into calamity, mystery, horror, absurdity and heaps upon heaps of surrealism and ultimately falling completely out of touch with reality. We're in new territory here. It's like Buñuel on steroids with a side order of TNT. The film wears you down as the characters flip flop through their machinations about how to deal with the after affects of a botched execution. Why don't they just shoot the guy in the head and get it over with? That would be a hell of a lot easier. I loved this movie, but I'll have to give my brain a few months to digest it before watching it again.


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