In this macabre farce, a Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Nagisa Ôshima’s constantly surprising film is a startlingly subversive and surreal political statement.
A very dark comedy about capital punishment, rape, murder, racism and state responsibility. A young Korean is sentenced to death for the murder and rape of 2 women, but survives the hanging and is then walked through his life by the execution team. There is a wonderful use of b&w, as well as an exceptional close-up shot composition, that is frequently broken into by the free-wheelin' theatrics of the executioners. ”