Remembering — and maybe introducing — Nagisa Oshima

Japanese director Nagisa Oshima died yesterday following long-term stroke complications. Oshima may not be the most well-known director outside of Japan, but he leaves behind an award-winning legacy. Oshima’s films dealt with a wide range of subjects, typically set during wartime Japan and (controversially) involving explicit sexuality. This style and thematic content earned him a distinction as one of the most notable Japanese New Wave filmmakers.

Oshima is not especially well-known in the United States. If you have never heard of the director, now is a good time to start watching. We have several of Oshima’s films in our collection, including a lengthy interview he conducted with acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

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