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Death by Hanging (1968)

Kôshikei (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 December 1971 (USA)
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Prison warden
Do-yun Yu Do-yun Yu ... R
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe ... Education Officer
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu ... District attorney
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura ... Doctor
Toshirô Ishidô Toshirô Ishidô ... Priest
Masao Adachi Masao Adachi ... Chief of guards
Masao Matsuda Masao Matsuda ... Secretary of the D.A.
Takashi Ueno Takashi Ueno ... Guard
Takao Usui Takao Usui
Daiji Ozeki Daiji Ozeki
Masayuki Hoshi Masayuki Hoshi
Shizuo Satô Shizuo Satô ... Guard
Nagisa Ôshima ... Narrator (voice)
Akiko Terayima Akiko Terayima
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death by Hanging See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.96 : 1
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The convict: A dream seems real, reality seems a dream. Such things happen, don't they?
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Kafka meets Japan
17 April 2009 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

This is one of the most complex and troubling films that I have seen lately. I know unfortunately too little about Nagisa Oshima, beyond his being the director of the famous Empire of Senses. Here he gives an amazingly strong film about the fate of one man identified by a one letter name (as in Kafka's Process) facing death by hanging but refusing to die, and losing his memory in the process. The whole bureaucratic system around works to get his memory back in order to make him pay for his crimes. They will re-enact his crimes starting to look crazier and bringing to surface their own demons and prejudices, plunging the hero redeemed innocent by amnesia and themselves in a complex world that mixes ceremony and nightmare. The film is a strong shout of protest against the death penalty, militarism and any repressive system that crashes human dignity.


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