Nagisa Oshima

Oshima Nagisa

  • Name: Oshima Nagisa
  • Native name: 大島渚
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 31, 1932
  • Died: January 15, 2013
Nagisa Oshima was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His films include In the Realm of the Senses (1976), a sexually explicit film set in 1930's Japan, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), about Japanese WW2 prisoners of war.

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto, Oshima rose rapidly in the Shochiku company from the status of apprentice, in 1954, to that of director. By 1960, he had grown disillusioned with the traditional studio production policies and broke away from Shochiku to form his own independent production company, Sozosha, in 1965. With other Japanese New Wave filmmakers, like Masahiro Shinoda, Shôhei Imamura and Yoshishige Yoshida, Oshima reacted against the humanistic style and subject matter of directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa, as well as against established left-wing political movements. Oshima has been primarily concerned with depicting the contradictions and tensions of postwar Japanese society. His films tend to expose contemporary Japanese materialism, while also examining what it means to be Japanese in the face of rapid industrialization and Westernization.

Awards:

Blue Ribbon Awards
- 1961 Night and Fog in Japan & Cruel Story of Youth – Best New Director
- 2000 Taboo – Best Director & Best Film

Cannes Film Festival
- 1978 Empire of Passion – Best Director (Prix de la mise en scène)

Kinema Junpo Awards
- 1969 Death by Hanging – Best Screenplay
- 1972 The Ceremony – Best Director, Best Film & Best Screenplay
- 1984 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence – Readers' Choice Award for Best Film Edit Biography
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
1969 When Twilight Draws Near
Movie
7.7
1959 Let's Go Steadily
Movie
2.0
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1969 Boy
Movie
7.3
1968 Three Resurrected Drunkards
Movie
6.6
1967 Sing a Song of Sex
Movie
6.2
1966 Violence at Noon
Movie
6.8
1963 The Forgotten Imperial Army
Movie
6.0
1961 The Catch
Movie
7.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
1999 Taboo
Movie
6.8
1995 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
Movie
6.7
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Movie
8.0
1978 Empire of Passion
Movie
6.9
1976 In the Realm of the Senses
Movie
6.7
1972 Dear Summer Sister
Movie
6.5
1971 The Ceremony
Movie
6.9
1970 The Man Who Left His Will on Film
Movie
6.5
1969 Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Movie
6.5
1968 Death by Hanging
Movie
7.9
1967 Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
Movie
6.8
1965 Yunbogi's Diary
Movie
7.8
1965 Pleasures of the Flesh
Movie
6.6
1964 Watashi wa Beret
Special
7.0
1962 The Rebel
Movie
6.7
1960 Night and Fog in Japan
Movie
6.8
1960 Cruel Story of Youth
Movie
6.7
1960 The Sun's Burial
Movie
7.0
1959 A City of Love and Hope
Movie
6.8
1959 Tomorrow's Sun
Movie
7.3
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1995 Berlin
Japanese Movie, 1995,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.7
1976 Yakuza Graveyard
Japanese Movie, 1976,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.5
1968 Death by Hanging
Japanese Movie, 1968,
[Narrator] (Support Role)
[Narrator]
Support Role
7.9
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  • First Name: Nagisa
  • Family Name: Oshima
  • Native name: 大島渚
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 31, 1932
  • Died: January 15, 2013

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