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.

Oshima is most well-known for his 1976 psychosexual odyssey In The Realm Of The Senses, which fictionalizes the notorious true story of Sada Abe.

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.