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  1. Luca Angelini's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  2. Boyuan123's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    The most Brechtian film I've ever seen

  3. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Very strong film-statement, mix of punchy filmmaking and philosophy. With 4 walls, a band of all-rounded actors and great staging, Oshima succeeded with what could have been a desaster in someone else's hands. Oshima means : full of anger and intelligence, ready to fight Japan conservatism. I love this idea that the drama works through storytelling instead of a classic flashback. Imagination is much stronger !

  4. FISCHER's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Une oeuvre étonnante et complexe, à plusieurs niveaux de lecture qui fit découvrir le metteur en scène dans l'hexagone... www.cinefiches.com

  5. Lex Lucas's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Showing the absurdity of an execution with all the elements dear to the japanese new wave; with humor, originality in mise en scène, and a questioning of different social status. Absurd at some point, but beautiful when it came to the realisation of the value of a life.

  6. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  7. Muraki's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  8. EdieEmm's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Oshima's dark absurdist farce that takes on everything from Japanese exceptionalism to existential dread. Relevant social and political questions perversely served up as theatrical burlesque, because that's we've made them. A little scattered, and with some weird unquestioned rape-apologism that thankfully wouldn't fly today. Still, a remarkable and important contribution to cinema.

  9. εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    The punitive & theological casuistry's abstract lungs achieve pleural warmth in Oshima's film like a Galatea roused from the mineral and calcified cold of theory to the mercurial jaggedness of life, and it is striking the degree to which canonical and secular procedures use consciousness as mere expedient and validation stamp: before the condemnation, the soul's expected to internalize the guilt and scouring grief of

  10. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  11. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  12. Violet Rien's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Interesting characters, frames and way of dealing with death penalty.

  13. Aardsy's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    The DR. STRANGELOVE of capital punishment.

  14. Samuel Donath's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Genius. A penetrating look into humanity and out ideals about the soul, religion, the afterlife, morality, and behavior.

  15. Hira's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    L'assurdità della realtà

  16. jonijtr's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Oshima, you genius bastard....

  17. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  18. Jason's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    The ever pigeonhole-resistant Nagisa Oshima offers up a mother-of-all-social-issue-pictures type deal here. He is very volubly interrogating Japan's then-current popular support of capital punishment as well as its treatment of Koreans (an ongoing bête noire of his). But this ain't no lecture. It's an indelicate though bravely open public hearing. A bad trip. Many will invoke Kafka. Well, no shit!

  19. marinos@agxivatein.com's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Black and psychedelic humour and pervaded with Oshima's brave political rhetorics. A classic!

  20. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Criterion released the original trailer for this. And just from seeing the trailer alone, i give the film 5 stars.

  21. Louis Léonard's rating of the film Death by Hanging

  22. thomasjeff16's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    My gaze freezes, and my soul enters a sea of sublimation when the film abruptly injects snapshots of R's early life, and uses close up stills in between moving images. A truly profound moment.

  23. Michael A's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    Of vast insightfulness and style. Also a competent use of comedy which should be exalted in comparison with that whom the majority of us will for ever applaud.

  24. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Death by Hanging

    What begins as a procedural depiction of Japan’s capital punishment system slowly but surely loses every last one of its marbles in an absurd, comic perspective of the country's post-war socio-political climate. It does this through no more than a loophole in the execution process that causes moral dilemma and dark comedy. This is unleashed, untamed and insanely inventive filmmaking.

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