Film director Nagisa Oshima: complete filmography, biography and interesting facts


Nagisa Oshima - director, film actor, screenwriter from Japan. He is the winner of the main prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. Erotic drama "Empire of feelings" Nagisa Oshima 1976 release - the most controversial work in the career of the director.


Nagisa was born on 03/31/1932 in the Japanese city of Kyoto. His father was an ordinary civil servant, engineer. Oshima's father died early, leaving the boy without a livelihood.


After graduating from school, Nagisa entered the Kyoto University in the specialty "Political History". In his student years, director Nagisa Oshima participated in the opposition Japanese government student movement. Because of this, after graduating from university in 1954, the guy could not get a job.

In a desperate attempt to somehow earn a living, Nagisa passes the entrance test at the Shochiku film studio. He is hired as an assistant director. This fateful event determined the future life of Oshima.

Carier start

Already in 1956, Oshima actively conquers the film industry. Now he is not only an assistant director, but also a film critic and editor of the cinema magazine Eiga hihyo, which he founded together with the Japanese critic Tadao Sato. His first film director shoots in 1959.


This picture is "Street of love and hope." The opportunity to shoot his own film was presented to the guy due to the fact that the film company suffered a financial crisis, and she was unable to pay for expensive films of famous directors.

Already in the first half of the 1960s, Nagisa became the founder and leader of the “new wave” of Japanese cinema. In his films, he often revealed the topic of youth and criticized the society that was formed in Japan after World War II.

One of the films of this period, “The History of the Cruel Youth”, was released in 1960.

The fourth film in the career of the director "Night and Fog in Japan" was released in the same 1960. The film, telling viewers about the Japanese opposition movement, was removed from the show three days after its release. This unfair decision forced Oshima to leave the studio where he worked and to establish his own film company. The new film company was named Sozosha.

The first directorial work - the picture "Street of love and hope"

The film was released in 1959. The tape of just 62 minutes tells about a boy named Masao, who lives with his sick mother and younger sister. Family has a hard time. Masao is trying to find a job to somehow help his mother, but she wants the boy to continue to get an education. The family receives money from the sale of pigeons, who, having lived a little with the buyers, come back to the boy. A girl from a rich family is trying to somehow help a poor family.


The film stars the actors: Hiroshi Fujikawa, Yuko Motizuki, Yuki Tominaga, Michio Ito, Kakuko Tino, Fumio Watanabe, Fujio Suga.

Independent film studio Sozosha

At his own film studio, the director could make films about everything he wanted. The first film that he made here, “Keeping Cattle, ” sharply criticized racism and cruelty in society. The plot of the picture was based on the story of Kenzaburo Oe.

The theme of racism and cruelty of society was interesting to the director for the next decade.

Another bright work of the master on the same topic is the film Death Penalty. The picture was released in rent in 1968. The critical view of the director and the drama of the work attracted this time the audience from other countries. The film participated in the program of the Cannes Film Festival out of competition. This was Oshima’s first step towards world fame.

In 1973, Oshima decided to close his studio and disband employees.

Picture about racism "Content cattle"

The dramatic film "Cattle Content" was released in 1961. The plot is based on the story of a black pilot from America, whose plane was shot down by the Japanese. The action takes place in the summer of 1945. The pilot is injured. Japanese authorities do not want to take care of the prisoner, and local peasants are forced to decide their fate. Peasants already living is not easy. The pilot is left to live in a stable. Despite the fact that his health improves with time, his life cannot be called pleasant. Locals make the alien black American a scapegoat and blame him for all their troubles.

Critics have described this film as a tape full of abuse, hatred and despair. The roles in the film were performed by: Rentaro Mikuni, Toshiro Isido, Hugh Heard, Esi Kato, Akiko Koyama, Taruko Kisi, Eko Mihara and other actors.

Work on television, literary work

In 1973, Oshima accepts an offer to become a host of television programs about the difficulties that arise in the lives of women, about all sorts of family troubles with which they have to fight. The talk show "School of Wives" enjoyed considerable popularity among the audience. Closing his own film studio, Nagisa begins to write books.

Movie Studio Oshima

Without cinema Nagisa survived only two years. Already in 1975, he founded a new film studio, which was called Oshima. In 1976, Oshima’s most famous film, The Empire of the Senses, was released. Nagisa Oshima, 1976 for which was difficult, but interesting, decided to provoke the viewer with his new creation. The painting “The Empire of the Senses” is a mixture of drama and outright pornography. The tape touches on the relationship between sex and politics, which Nagisu was interested in in previous years.

Since 1978, the director has been involved in several international projects. His films such as Empire of Passion in 1978, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983, Max, My Love in 1986 are released.


The picture “Max, my love” received very bad reviews in the press. The director always endured criticism, so after such a reaction to his film, he left his work in the cinema for many years and started working on television projects.

Erotic drama "Empire of feelings"

The film is a joint production of France and Japan was released in 1976. The picture takes place in the 1930s in the city of Tokyo. The owner of a rich mansion Kitizzo has a passion for his maid Abe.


Kitizo is increasingly moving away from his wife and rents an apartment for his mistress. Residents of the city called the rich man and his maid perverts, passion draws lovers all the stronger. They start using strangulation to get more pleasure from sex. One day Abe accidentally strangles his master too much, and he dies. Then the woman cuts off the sexual organs of her lover and leaves to roam around the city with them. The film is based on real events.

The roles in the film were performed by: Tatsuya Fuji, Aoi Nakajima, Eiko Matsuda, Akiko Koyama, Taiji Tonoyama, and other actors.


Known as a documentary Nagisa Oshima. This time both critics and viewers liked his films. He took only two works. This is "Kyoto, the birthplace of my mother", which appeared on television in 1991, and "One Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema", released in 1994.

Personal life

Nagisa Oshima's wife is Japanese actress Akiko Koyama.


Life results

For forty years of his creative activity, the director has shot only 28 films. They not only show us how Nagisa saw the world, what feelings he experienced in his life, but also acquaint viewers with the evolution of Japanese cinema.


Actually, the history of Japanese cinema from Nagisa Oshima is fully reflected in the documentary film “100 years of Japanese cinema”, published in 1994. In it, Oshima sums up not only the entire Japanese cinema as a whole, but also its creative activity.


On the set in 1995, the director was struck by a stroke. Despite a serious illness, the director decides to make another film. The picture “Taboo” Nagisa will complete only in 1999, being in a wheelchair.

The director died in a hospital in Fujisawa from pneumonia on January 15, 2013 at the age of 80 years.

Nagisa Oshima: Complete Filmography

What films did the director make over the years of his career? It:

  • In 1959, the film "Street of love and hope."
  • In 1960, the dramatic tape "Cemetery of the Sun", "History of the cruel youth" and "Cemetery of the Sun".
  • In 1961, the picture "The content of cattle".
  • In 1962, the film "Rise of Christians".
  • In 1963, the film "The First Adventure of a Child."
  • In 1965, the painting "The pleasure of the flesh" and "Diary Junbogi."
  • In 1966, the tape "Violence at Noon".
  • In 1967, the films "The Art of Ninja. Album", "Summer in Japan: double suicide" and "Study of obscene Japanese songs."
  • In 1968, the sensational film Death Penalty and The Return of Three Drunkards.
  • In 1969, the picture: "The Boy" - the first color film Nagisa, "Diary of a Thief from Shinjuku."
  • In 1970, the tape "Story told after the Tokyo War."
  • In 1971, the film "Ceremony".
  • In 1972, the drama "Summer Sister".
  • In 1975, the painting "Battle of Tsushima".
  • In 1976, the film "The Empire of the senses."
  • In 1978, the tape "Empire of passion."
  • In 1983, the film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence".
  • In 1986, the picture "Max, my love."
  • In 1991, the documentary "Kyoto, the birthplace of my mother."
  • In 1994, the documentary film "100 years of Japanese cinema."
  • In 1999, the film "Taboo".

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