Articles tagged nagisa oshima

Surveying the World As It Twists and Turns: Ten Classics From the Criterion Collection

Keeping your head above the flood of Blu-rays is easier when buoyed by Gilda and Mrs. Robinson.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 7: Kenji Mizoguchi to Satyajit Ray

Pushing boundaries seems to be the thread that ties the directors of our seventh day together. From Japanese innovators to Italian iconclasts and Polish provocateurs, the directors that fall between Kenji Mizoguchi and the man who was perhaps India's greatest visual storyteller, Satyajit Ray, all push the form in incredible, surprising ways.

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Exoticism and Eroticism in ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’

As with Gohatto, Oshima's English-language debut features an exotic interloper who causes a sexual disturbance among an insular clique.

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20 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Empire of Passion

For all his visual flair, Oshima has failed to construct a coherent, emotionally engaging piece and I fear these failings may cause this film to alienate viewers.

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19 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

In the Realm of the Senses

Now may be an excellent time to reappraise this period in film history, the shock of sex worn off, and its artistic aims put into clearer long-term context.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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