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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.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kei Satô ... Prison warden
Do-yun Yu Do-yun Yu ... R
Fumio Watanabe ... Education Officer
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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #798. See more »

Quotes

The convict: For a time I thought, that maybe I was guilty, somehow. But I remain innocent. Because I'm not R! A nation cannot make me guilty.
Prison warden: Well, R, with such ideas you're not allowed to live.
The convict: I know, that is why I admit it. For all Rs, including you I'll courageously admit to being R and I will die now.
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Dark Satire & Farce Gets Tedious
22 February 2017 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This 1968 black and white film was made by the Japanese New Wave director Nagisa Oshima. It's a dark satire, often farcical in nature, which takes shots at such issues as the treatment of Koreans in Japan, capital punishment, bureaucracy and its bungling bureaucrats, and censorship, among other subjects.

A young Korean man, named R in the movie, has been sentenced to death by hanging by the Japanese courts for rape and murder. However, when he does not die after the attempted execution, it will set off a whole series of wild and farcical events, as the attending officials try and get the amnesiac R to remember who he is and admit to his guilt so they can attempt to execute him again,

Overall, lots of effective satirical barbs thrown by Oshima, but the film just got too drawn out, even tedious, as it progressed and became too dramatically overwrought as well.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.96 : 1
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