It’s always a tragedy when we lose a legend, and today has brought sad news: Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima has died of pneumonia. He was eighty years old.
Although he will undoubtedly remain infamous due to that controversial film, he helmed a large number of other projects that explored various themes such as society, sex, and politics. A key work in this vein is Empire Of Passion, a companion piece to In The Realm Of The Senses, for which he was awarded Best Director at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.
Nagisa Oshima was a prominent figure in Japanese cinema and is a significant filmmaking talent who will be missed.