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Directors in Focus: Nagisa Oshima

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dir. Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1969, 35mm, Japanese w/ English subtitles, 97 min.

A self-centered and uncaring father forces his wife and young son to fake being hit by passing cars in order to extort large sums of money from drivers. The increasingly violent authority of the father over the family, and their growing unwillingness to participate in his fraud leads them all on a downward spiral both physically and psychologically.

Directors in Focus: Nagisa Oshima
Often called the Godard of the East, the esteemed Japanese director Nagisa Oshima was one of the most provocative film artists of the twentieth century, and his works challenged and shocked the cinematic world for decades. Following his rise to prominence at Shochiku, Oshima struck out to form his own production company, Sozo-sha, in the early sixties. That move ushered in the prolific period of his career that gave birth to the five films collected here. Unsurprisingly, this studio renegade was fascinated by stories of outsiders—serial killers, rabid hedonists, and stowaway misfits are just some of the social castoffs you’ll meet in these audacious, cerebral entries in the New Wave surge that made Japan a hub of truly daredevil moviemaking. As part of IHP’s continuing programming of the Janus Collection, we are pleased to offer these five newly restored 35mm gems to our audiences.