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  • Actors: Katsuo Nakamura
  • Directors: Nagisa Oshima
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SFQG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Often called the Godard of the East, 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.

Pleasures of the Flesh
Nagisa Oshima, 1965
A corrupt businessman blackmails the lovelorn reprobate Atsushi into watching over his suitcase full of embezzled cash while he serves a jail sentence. Rather than wait for the man to retrieve his money, however, Atsushi decides to spend it all in one libidinous rush.

Violence at Noon
Nagisa Oshima, 1966
Containing more than two thousand cuts and a wealth of inventive widescreen compositions, this coolly fragmented character study is a mesmerizing investigation of criminality and social decay.

Sing a Song of Sex
Nagisa Oshima, 1967
Four sexually hungry high school students prepare for their university entrance exams in Oshima’s hypnotic, free-form depiction of generational political apathy, featuring stunning color cinematography.

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
Nagisa Oshima, 1967
A sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal man she meets on the street, a gun-crazy wannabe gangster—these are just three of the irrational, oddball anarchists trapped in an underground hideaway in Oshima’s devilish, absurdist film.

Three Resurrected Drunkards
Nagisa Oshima, 1968
A trio of bumbling young men frolic at the beach. While they swim, their clothes are stolen and replaced with new outfits. Donning these, they are mistaken for undocumented Koreans and end up on the run from comically outraged authorities.

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Nagisa Oshima, one of Japan's most controversial filmmakers. A filmmaker who shocked the world with his 1976 film "In the Realm of Senses" based on the true story of Sada Abe and a film that showcased unsimulated sex and faced major censorship. In fact, even with the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray and DVD release of "In the Realm of Senses", viewers today still debate if the film was art or if the film was pornography. If anything, Oshima has caught the attention of many and many have wondered if his other films would ever reach US shores.

One of the founders of the Japanese New Wave, Oshima was known for taking on Japanese taboos and creating films against the status quo, the filmmaker has been doing his style of films since 1959 and working for the studio Shochiku in order to fulfill the studio's desire of creating edgier material for the youth market. Oshima would go on to create three films which were known as "The Youth Trilogy" ("Cruel Story of Youth", "The Sun's Burial", "Night and Fog in Japan").

After politics played a part in Oshima leaving Shochiku, the filmmaker would go on to create his own company known as Sozo-sha (Creation Company) and in celebration of his work from his new studio and many fans bombarding Criterion for more Nagisa Oshima, The Criterion Collection has chosen Nagisa Oshima's mid-to-late '60s films to be part of the latest Eclipse Series Collection known as "Eclipse Series 21: Oshima's Outlaw Sixties".

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The latest DVD set "Oshima's Outlaw Sixties" for Criterion Collection's Eclipse Series featuring filmmaker Nagisa Oshima's works from 1966-1968 is magnificent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rice on December 25, 2014
These films are not representative of general 60s Japanese cinema trends, you should not expect them to be. These are not Akira Kurosawa films and do not claim to be. As stated on the back of the set, Oshima is closer to the Godard of Japan than he would be to the more conventional Japanese filmmakers. I will say however that Oshima seems far more measured and conscious of cinematic flow than Godard ever was.

The themes tackled in these films are often risque and political and filled with the same type of energy seen in the earlier Godard films. If you are interested in seeing a more experimental brand of Japanese filmmaking, this box set should not disappoint.

In terms of quality in packaging, image and audio, I found this set met my expectations as compared to other Eclipse sets and is only a slight step behind the image quality of full Criterion releases. If this is the first of the Eclipse series you are considering be aware that the films do not have special features and are only commented on in the liner notes.

Overall, I am very pleased with the set.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell E. Scott on May 4, 2013
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distinct series is tad deep off into left field but slips nicely with other eccentricities that trend to norm heading south toward the 1960's decade end. Oshima would be considered a cinematic giant had these been released closer to the year 2002 or newer. these films wash the starch right out of your jeans and make you think you view as a new original from some country yet to be named. indulge. go deeper into another imagined Europea or some other reach of border yet defined. cooler than any school one can attend. ever.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Martinak on December 23, 2014
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Fan of Japanese movies...but are you all watching the same ones I am? I really am trying to see what you 4 and 5 star watchers see, but honestly, these movies are very hard to follow, make no sense in 3 of them. If you are expecting something like the Seven Samurai, Forget it. There is nothing really outlaw about these movies. Spend your money elsewhere if you are a fan of Japanese cinema.
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