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January 15, 2013


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R.I.P. - a true giant.

David Ehrenstein




I got to see Oshima’s final fim, Gohatto, actually in Japan, in early 2000 — which is to say, smack-bang in the middle of what turned out being a brief, modest but undeniable golden age of Japanese cinema (say, from The Eel, Hana-Bi and Princess Mononoke to Blood and Bones, Howl’s Moving Castle and Nobody Knows).

Randy Byers

One of my strangest film experiences ever was seeing one of Oshima's films in a theater in Berlin in 1990. I think it was the original language with German subtitles, but whether it was subtitled or dubbed, my German wasn't good enough to understand much of the dialogue. (I don't speak any Japanese other than loan words.) The film was extraordinarily bizarre. It was only later that I figured out it was IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES. I still haven't seen it with English subtitles. I'm reluctant to modify that original weird exposure to it, which seemed entirely appropriate somehow, reducing me to my senses as it were.

David Ehrenstein

In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence are Oshima's best known films in the west. But to get a handle on the scope and depth of his career one must see The Man Who Lift His Will On Film, Dear Summer Sister, Death by Hanging, Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, Boy, The Ceremony andThree Ressurrected Drunkards

J. Priest

The Ceremony's playing tonight at MoMA and again this weekend. Otherwise, it's not available on DVD in the U.S.

Michael Webster

I'll always appreciate "In the Realm of the Senses" as it got me laid a long, long time ago. But then the relationship went south and the film, particularly the ending, started giving her other ideas so I had to get away fast. Nevertheless, a real achievement.

Jim Gerow

Diary of a Shinjuku Thief is also playing Thursday night at MoMA.

Victor Morton

Mr. Webster:

When I saw IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES, I was in the habit of going to most art movies with a female friend. I decided to go to this one alone.

Scott Is NOT A Professional Film Critic

One wonders if Eiko Matsuda is somewhere in the bowels of obscurity, mourning this occasion.

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Just FIY, the Japanese title in the photo caption is misspelled. It is supposed to be "Seishun zankoku monogatari"

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