Nagisa Oshima, sex, crimes and transgression.
“Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden.”
Cult Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima passed away last Jan.15th, he was 80 years old.
Mostly famous for his commercial success “In the Realm of the Senses”, he is also known to have subverted the conventions of Japanese cinema.
Oshima started directing his first features during the French New Wave and was particularly influenced by Jean-Luc Godard.
He leaves an heritage of 25 films, among them “Merry Christmas, MR Lawrence” – with David bowie as the main character, “In the Realm of the Senses” – remembered for its unsimulated sex scenes and “Max mon amour”, a tragic love story between a woman and a chimpanzee.
Radical but never dogmatic, his films reject any kind of ideology – even though Oshima’s Cinema is indeed a political tool.
Today he remains one of Japan’s most iconic directors – refusing to be part of a “Japanese new wave”. “My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it.”