Mark Your Calendar: In the Realm of Oshima


Japanese director Nagisa Oshima is a man of varied distinctions: He’s widely recognized as the father of Japan’s post-war new wave cinema, his depictions of interpersonal relations were so different from his contemporaries that critic David Desser named him “the aniti-Ozu,” he scandalized an entire nation with his 1976 arthouse porno epic In the Realm of the Senses, and of course he famously cast perennial screen tough guy Takeshi Kitano as one of the leads in Gohatto, a movie about gay samurai. But novelty factoids aside, Oshima remains one of Japan’s most notable auteurs, and his eclectic, challenging, brilliant filmography will be on full display with In the Realm of Oshima: The Films of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima, the retrospective beginning March 6 and spanning three venues: the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the AFI Silver Theatre.


4 Responses to “Mark Your Calendar: In the Realm of Oshima”

  1. March 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I want to see Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence on a big screen finally. I’ve never seen it on DVD and have only seen the old VHS tape.

    I wonder if the moments that hit me with such emotional force when I was 20 will still work for me now at 42?

    That Sakamoto score is burned into my head along with the David Sylvian song from the soundtrack — the whole reason I first saw the film was because I already loved the soundtrack.

    The Criterion of Seven Samurai — the 3 DVD version — has a LONG sitdown interview with Oshima and Kurosawa.

  2. March 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Wow… I hope this travels to the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. I’m a big admirer of Oshima. He was a truly unique and uncompromising filmmaker.

  3. March 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    There was a press release issued in the fall that mentioned Berkeley as part of the tour, but I don;t see anything on their upcoming film schedule.

  4. March 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Cool! Maybe it’s coming later this year. The PFA does specialize in Japanese film (both in their collection and in their programs), so I would be surprised (and disappointed) if they didn’t host this Oshima retrospective.

    Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the films if you go to any of the screenings.

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