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Nagisa Oshima : Kyoto, My Mother's Place

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Epsiode 6 of 6 - Director's Place Series

Nagisa Ôshima, Japanese film director and screenwriter is famous for his controversial, sexually explicit film In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and the war film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983).

In this autobiographical documentary Ôshima uses archive photos, classical fine art and contemporary footages to explore the former capital of Japan and its religious centre.

On more personal notes Ôshima wanders around Kyoto dressed in kimono visiting important locations of both the city's and his personal history. This contrasts Oshima's explicitly acknowledged dislike of Kyoto, which he felt he needed to fled in order to become an artist.
"I wanted to burn Kyoto," he explains.

The city still – he must accept has greatly contributed to the person he is. As a conclusion, Oshama joins a religious procession and thus reconnects with Kyoto.

Available as part of a 6 DVD Series with a 20% collection discount.

Other titles in the series:
1. Lindsay Anderson: Is That All There Is?
2. Susan Seidelman: Confessions of a Suburban Girl
3. Bertrand Tavernier: Lyon, Inside Out
4. Dusan Makavejev: A Hole in the Soul
5. John Boorman: I Dreamt I Woke Up

Nagisa Oshima was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. His films include In the Realm of the Senses, a sexually explicit film set in 1930s Japan, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, about World War II prisoners of war held by the Japanese.

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