This review as originally published on Sunday, Jan. 28, 1968.
Director Nagisa Oshima occupies somewhat the same place in the Japanese cinema that Jean-Luc Godard does in the French. A complete intellectual, he is much more interested in ideas than stories, and has more respect for the word, written and spoken, than he does for the cinematic image itself. Something of a social philosopher, he is more interested in compelling intellectual statement than he is in an emotional moving image and is consequently drawn toward the more burning issues of the day (the Vietnam war, the student movement, etc.)
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