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Incest in Japanese New Wave Cinema

By: Mono No Aware

I’m playing fast and loose with my definition of incest, by including in-laws and stepfathers, but this is a surprisingly recurrent theme in Japanese New Wave films. I’m sure there are some more examples (more than likely directed by Imamura) but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.




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wow. this is something that struck me too when i first started watching new wave films. this transient life is the most prominent one. but incest is always brought up in stories about the upper class.

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Mono No Aware


...and Secrets Behind the Wall, which I'll add now.

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Mono No Aware


It's a bit late for the New Wave but, what the hell, it's Terayama.