Gohatto (Taboo) (2000)
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After a 13-year absence, partially due to a life-threatening stroke, master filmmaker Nagisa Oshima returns to the silver screen with this revisionist samurai epic. From his first major film, Cruel Story of Youth to his most notorious work Ai no Korrida, Oshima has coupled the political and the sexual in a manner that transgresses all social norms. In this film, Oshima explores homosexuality among the ranks of the much hallowed samurai. The film is set in Kyoto in 1865 during a critical moment
Oct 6, 2000 Wide
Aug 13, 2002
New Yorker Films - Official Site
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A film that provocatively entwines the violent world of samurai with forbidden eroticism ends up so bloodless (in a figurative sense).
...much of the film revolves around a guessing game about the ambiguous young samurai
Though the 68 year-old director suffered a stroke a few years ago, he has triumphantly returned with one of the greatest Japanese films in years, directed from the seat of his wheelchair.
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