|Date of Birth||31 March 1932|
|Place of Birth||Kyoto|
Oshima Nagisa has produced new and extreme works as a forerunner of the "Neberu Bagu"(New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema. All works that he produces attract not only Japanese attention but also all over the world and always raise a controversy.
In 1950, he entered Kyoto University to study law. After graduation, he joined the Shochiku Film Company in 1954 as an assistant director. In 1959, he directed the film, 'Ai to kibo no machi'(A Town of Love and Hope) for the first time. In the next year of rising left-wing political movements, he presented 'Seishun zankoku monogatari' (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth), which focuses on the youth of young people who go to ruin in modern society. It aroused the sympathy of many young people. After that, he resigned Shochiku to establish his independent production company, Sozosha.
The film is probably best known in the Western countries is 'Ai no corrida'(In the Realm of the Senses)(1976) produced by French source. It deals with an obsessive sexual relationship. 'Ai no borei'(In the Realm of Passion)(1978) was produced two years later and he received the best director award in Cannes international film festival.
In 1983, he produced 'Senjo no Merii Kurisumasu'(Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) casted David Bowie, Sakamoto Ryuichi, Kitano Takeshi and so on, and attracted international attention. His latest work is 'Gohatto'(Taboo)(1999), which presents Shinsengumi in Meiji restoration.
He appears on many TV programs as a commentator and is popular for a his dry criticism. He also published a variety of books, for example, on film criticism, the philosophy of life, a translation and so on. Now we are looking forward to his new film and other various activities.
|1959||Ai to kibo no machi (A Town of Love and Hope)|
|1960||Seishun zankoku monogatari (A History of the Cruelties of Youth)|
|Taiyo no hakaba (The Sun's Burial)|
|Nihon no yoru to kiri (Night and Fog in Japan)|
|1961||Shiiku (The Catch)|
|1962||Amakusa tenshiro tokisada (The Revolutionary)|
|1965||Etsuraku (The Pleasures of the Flesh)|
|Yunbogi no nikki (Yunbogi's Diary)|
|1966||Hakucyu no torima (The Daylight Demon)|
|1967||Ninja bugei-cho (Band of Ninja)|
|Nihon Shunka-ko (Sing a song of Sex)|
|Murishinju: Nihon no natsu (Japanese Summer: Double Suicide)|
|1968||Koshikei (Death by Hanging)|
|Kaettekita yopparai (Three Resurrected Drunkards)|
|1969||Shinjuku dorobo nikki (Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar)|
|1970||Tokyo senso sengo hiwa (He Died After the War)|
|1971||Gishiki (The Ceremony)|
|1972||Natsu no imoto (Dear Summer Sister)|
|1976||Ai no corrida (In the Realm of the Senses)|
|1978||Ai no borei (In the Realm of Passion)|
|1983||Senjo no Merii kurisumasu (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)|
|1986||Max, mon amour (Max My Love)|
Reported by: Saori Ioka
Data verified by: Sato Yamamoto
Date of Report: 17 January 2002
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