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The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast

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This study of the films of Oshima Nagisa is both an essential introduction to the work of a major postwar director of Japanese cinema and a theoretical exploration of strategies of filmic style. For almost forty years, Oshima has produced provocative films that have received wide distribution and international acclaim. Formally innovative as well as socially daring, they ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published August 26th 1998 by University of California Press (first published July 27th 1998)
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Patrick McCoy
Oct 01, 2014 Patrick McCoy rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, film, criticism
Nagisa Oshima is one of Japan's most well-known directors and one of the harbingers of the Japanese New Wave film movement. His films tend to deal with issues like politics, identity, gender, and sex, thus, he has been a great favorite of critics and academics. In The Films Of Oshima Nagisa: Images Of A Japanese Iconoclast (1998) Maureen Turim mines the films of Oshima to study the different levels of meaning found throughout his body of work often with the aid of theorists like Jacques Lacan, ...more
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Solid academic introduction to the films of New Wave director Nagisa Oshima. For almost 40 years, Oshima has created provocative films that have received international acclaim. He is both formally innovative as socially daring, and his work can be seen as a running commentary on the cultural and political tensions in postwar Japan. Oshima's early films are very much part of the political discourse of the 1960s, later his subject matter broadened, although he remained an iconoclast with a film ...more
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