Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan) (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan) (1960)

Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan)

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Widely regarded as the most personal of director Nagisa Oshima's three 1960 films, Night and Fog in Japan centers around a gathering of former student activists, all of which protested the signing of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. Preferring to let go of the past, the old protestors had regrouped for a mutual friend's marriage, and maintained a peaceful atmosphere until the last of their old companions arrives and immediately begins hurling accusations. Now a fugitive, the party crasher denounces the party as a charade and claims that those in attendance betrayed their own ideals in exchange for personal security. Before long, all pretenses of a happy reunion are thrown aside, and the marriage is reduced to an all-out brawl. Oshima himself was once a student protestor, and the film served as an open display of his disappointment with Japan's left-wing political movement meant to illustrate how those who once united in hopes of making a positive chance in Japanese society have denigrated into bickering, weak-minded versions of their former selves. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Toshiro Ishido, Nagisa Oshima
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Critic Reviews for Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | July 16, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Though well-versed in the leftist movement in Japan, it failed to entice me to care about its problems.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The title is Resnais's, Nagisa Oshima brings its sense of the inescapability of the past to a generation's aborted revolution

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
CinePassion

In Oshima's bitter political melodrama, the wedding between an unexamined past and a blind present turns out to be a sham.

Full Review… | June 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Nihon no Yoru to Kiri (Night and Fog in Japan)

Don't watch this unless forced by some sort of torturer (I was, by my teacher). You won't get it. I spent a week learning and reading about it and I still didn't get it. I'm sure it's brilliant and all that hubbub, but it's not entertaining in the slightest. Not that entertainment has to be a requirement...but for me it is.

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