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Nagisa Ôshima Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Tamano, Okayama, Japan
Died in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan  (pneumonia)

Mini Bio (1)

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto, Oshima rose rapidly in the Shochiku company from the status of apprentice, in 1954, to that of director. By 1960, he had grown disillusioned with the traditional studio production policies and broke away from Shochiku to form his own independent production company, Sozosha, in 1965. With other Japanese New Wave filmmakers, like Masahiro Shinoda, Shôhei Imamura and Yoshishige Yoshida, Oshima reacted against the humanistic style and subject matter of directors like Yasujirô Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa, as well as against established left-wing political movements. Oshima has been primarily concerned with depicting the contradictions and tensions of postwar Japanese society. His films tend to expose contemporary Japanese materialism, while also examining what it means to be Japanese in the face of rapid industrialization and Westernization. Many of Oshima's earlier films, such as A Town of Love and Hope (1959) and Taiyô no hakaba (1960), feature rebellious, underprivileged youths in anti-heroic roles. The film for which he is probably best-known in the West, In the Realm of the Senses (1976), centers on an obsessive sexual relationship. Like several other Oshima works, it gains additional power by being based on an actual incident. Other important Oshima films include Death by Hanging (1968), an examination of the prejudicial treatment of Koreans in Japan; Boy (1969), which deals with the cruel use of a child for extortion purposes, and with the child's subsequent escapist fantasies; The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970), about another ongoing concern of Oshima's, the art of filmmaking itself; and The Ceremony (1971), which presents a microcosmic view of Japanese postwar history through the lives of one wealthy family. In recent years, Oshima has repeatedly turned to sources outside Japan for the production of his films. This was the case with In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and Max mon amour (1986). It is less well-known in the West that Oshima has also been a prolific documentarist, film theorist and television personality. He is the host of a long-running television talk show, "The School for Wives", in which female participants (kept anonymous by a distorting glass) present their personal problems, to which he responds from offscreen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Daniel Yates <kamerad76@hotmail.com)

Spouse (1)

Akiko Koyama (1960 - 15 January 2013) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently worked with actor Kei Satô.
Frequently worked with actor Rokkô Toura.
Frequently worked with his wife, actress Akiko Koyama.

Trivia (10)

Retrospective at the Kerala International Film Festival, India. [2000]
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 719-728. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1983.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1994.
Retrospective at the Bergamo Film Meeting, Italy [1984].
Retrospective at the Turin Film Festival, Italy [2009].
Had a stroke, in 1996, from which he never fully recovered.
He was one of the more prominent directors involved in what came to be known as the Japanese New Wave.
Born in Kyoto, Japan. Studied law at Kyoto University. After graduation, joined the Shochiku Film Company in 1954 as an assistant director.
Brother of Eiko Oshima.

Personal Quotes (2)

My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it.
Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden.

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