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Oshima's Outlaw Sixties: Criterion Collection (Eclipse Series 21)

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  • Directors: Nagisa Oshima
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Color
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: May 18 2010
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00393SFQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,801 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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, Sozosha, in 1961. 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.

Five-DVD Box Set Includes:

Pleasures of the Flesh (Etsuraku)
A corrupt businessman blackmails a lovelorn murderer, 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-fully expecting to be tracked down and killed. Oshima's dip into the waters of the popular soft-core, or "pink film," genre is a compelling journey into excess.

Violence at Noon (Hakuchu no torima)
Oshima's disturbing tale concerns the odd circumstances surrounding a horrific murder and rape spree. In an unexpected twist, the film is as much about the two women who protect the violent man-his wife and a former victim-as it is about him. 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 (Nihon shunka-ko)
In Oshima's enigmatic tale, four sexually hungry high school students preparing for their university entrance exams meet up with an inebriated teacher singing bawdy drinking songs. This encounter sets them on a less than academic path. Oshima's hypnotic, free-form depiction of generational political apathy features stunning color cinematography.

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu)
A sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal young 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 portrait of what he deemed the "death drive" in Japanese youth culture.

Three Resurrected Drunkards (Kaette kita yopparai)
A trio of bumbling young men frolic at the beach. While they swim, their clothes are stolen and replaced with new outfits. Having donned these, they are mistaken for undocumented Koreans and end up on the run from comically outraged authorities. A cutting commentary on Japan's treatment of its Korean immigrants, this is Oshima at both his most politically engaged and madcap.

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Johnny Blaze
5.0 out of 5 starsA great set for mutineers ! By the master himself
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5.0 out of 5 starsConflicted youth and criminal impulses in Japan in the Sixties
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4.0 out of 5 starsWorth the Price (If on Sale) for Japanese Summer Double Suicide alone. (a great film..... the other discs not so great)
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4.0 out of 5 starsweird hasn't even begun yet
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Dennis A. Amith
5.0 out of 5 stars"Oshima's Outlaw Sixties" is absolutely fantastic and a worthy addition to any cinema fan's film collection.
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