Nagisa Ôshima

Nagisa Ôshima

Highest Rated: 100% Cruel Story of Youth (1960)

Lowest Rated: 22% Max My Love (1986)

Birthday: Mar 31, 1932

Birthplace: Okayama, Japan

Nagisa Ôshima's career extended 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, Ôshima 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, Shohei Imamura and Yoshishige Yoshida, Ôshima reacted against the humanistic style and subject matter of directors like Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, as well as against established left-wing political movements. Ôshima had been primarily concerned with depicting the contradictions and tensions of postwar Japanese society. His films tended to expose contemporary Japanese materialism, while also examining what it means to be Japanese in the face of rapid industrialization and Westernization. Many of Ôshima's earlier films, such as "Ai to Kibo No Machi" ("A Town of Love and Hope") (1959) and "Taiyo No Hakaba" ("The Sun's Burial") (1960), featured underprivileged youths in anti-heroic roles. The film for which he was best known in the West, "Ai No Corrida" ("In the Realm of the Senses") (1976), centered on an obsessive sexual relationship. Like several other Ôshima works, it gained additional power by being based on an actual incident. Other important Ôshima films included "Koshikei" ("Death by Hanging") (1968), an examination of the prejudicial treatment of Koreans in Japan; "Shonen" ("Boy") (1969), which dealt with the cruel use of a child for extortion purposes, and with the child's subsequent escapist fantasies; "Tokyo Senso Sengo Hiwa" ("The Man Who Left His Will on Film") (1970), about another ongoing concern of Ôshima's, the art of filmmaking itself; and "Gishiki" ("The Ceremony") (1971), which presented a microcosmic view of Japanese postwar history through the lives of one wealthy family. In later years, Ôshima repeatedly turned to sources outside Japan for the production of his films. This was the case with "Realm of the Senses" (1976), "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983), and "Max mon amour" (1987). It was less well known in the West that Oshima had also been a prolific documentarian, film theorist and television personality. He was the host of a long-running television talk show, "The School for Wives," in which female participants - kept anonymous by a distorting glass - presented their personal problems, to which he responded from off screen. On Jan. 15, 2013, the famous director passed away from pneumonia.

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Credit
71% 71% Taboo Director,
Writer
$133.9K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kyoto, My Mother's Place Director,
Screenwriter
- 1991
22% 53% Max My Love Director - 1986
82% 79% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Director - 1983
80% 71% Empire of Passion Director,
Writer
- 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Realm of Passion Director - 1978
86% 65% In the Realm of the Senses Director,
Writer
- 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Summer Sister Director,
Writer
- 1972
No Score Yet 82% The Ceremony Director,
Writer
- 1971
No Score Yet 92% The Man Who Left His Will on Film Director - 1970
100% 88% Boy Director,
Writer
- 1969
No Score Yet 72% Diary of a Shinjuku Thief Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1969
No Score Yet 63% Three Resurrected Drunkards Director,
Writer
- 1968
83% 90% Death by Hanging Narrator,
Director,
Writer
- 1968
No Score Yet 59% Japanese Summer: Double Suicide Director,
Writer
- 1967
No Score Yet 47% Sing a Song of Sex Director,
Writer
- 1967
100% 80% Violence at Noon Director - 1966
No Score Yet 62% The Pleasures of the Flesh Director,
Writer
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amakusa Shiro Tokisada Director,
Writer
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catch Director - 1961
100% 66% Cruel Story of Youth Director,
Writer
- 1960
No Score Yet 43% Night and Fog in Japan Director,
Writer
- 1960
No Score Yet 80% The Sun's Burial Director,
Writer
- 1960
No Score Yet 75% A Town of Love and Hope Director,
Writer
- 1959

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