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Nagisa Oshima: "I must cultivate this painful bitterness and make it explode"

by K.
Nagisa Oshima: "I must cultivate this painful bitterness and make it explode" by K.
It doesn’t seem unreasonable at this point to speculate that Nagisa Oshima will be remembered primarily for the relative handful of films he made in his later career, most notably In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, which together won him popular critical recognition, and, to some degree, international fame. Sadly, the most prolific, radically innovative, and arguably most important period of his work — in which he seemed determined to fundamentally reinvent his style (and perhaps the medium) with every film he made — seems destined to remain as obscure, cinephile-only territory. Here’s a crash course in Oshima as… Read more

It doesn’t seem unreasonable at this point to speculate that Nagisa Oshima will be remembered primarily for the relative handful of films he made in his later career, most notably In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, which together won him popular critical recognition, and, to some degree, international fame. Sadly, the most prolific, radically innovative, and arguably most important period of his work — in which he seemed determined to fundamentally reinvent his style (and perhaps the medium) with every film he made — seems destined to remain as obscure, cinephile-only territory. Here’s a crash course in Oshima as stubbornly elusive but staggeringly vital agitator — brimming with the anger, ecstasy, and irreverence of revolution; determined to alter the consciousness of postwar Japan and turn its reality upside down.

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