Commissioned by BBC Scotland, Kyoto, My Mother’s Place is a lovely, achingly personal portrait of Oshima’s mother and the world in which she came to live when she arrived in Kyoto as a young woman. Oshima explores a city that has somehow tried to resist the passage of time, a metaphor for the country that Oshima and his generation came to inherit. –Film Society of Lincoln Centre
Nagisa Oshima’s career extends from the initiation of the “Nuberu bagu” (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto, Oshima rose rapidly in the Shochiku company from the status of apprentice in 1954 to that of director. By 1960, he had grown disillusioned with the traditional studio production policies and broke away from Shochiku to form his own independent production company, Sozosha, in 1965. With other Japanese New Wave filmmakers like Masahiro Shinoda, Shohei Imamura and Yoshishige Yoshida, Oshima reacted against the humanistic style and subject matter of directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa, as well as against established left-wing political movements. Oshima has been primarily concerned with depicting the contradictions and tensions of postwar Japanese society. His… read more
One cannot help being moved by the sad melancholy Oshima presents here, a kind rarely seen in his work. This a sad, moving portrait of an old man who loved his mother very much. Oshima is still very adamant in his political views but his process has become far more relaxed, as he comes to accept the world he came to inherited from his mother, one that has changed but still somehow remains the same in many ways.