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If you have yet to dip a toe in the fascinating world of the experimental Japanese film directors of the 1960s and ’70s, this book is an excellent place to test the waters. We embark on a tour of landmark Japanese avant-garde films including such gems as Nagisa Oshima’s satirical masterpiece “Death by Hanging” (1968) and Kazuo Hara’s unflinching documentary, “Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974.”

By the early ’60s, the major studios began to decline as televisions became the must-have item and film audiences fell away. Into this commercial void stepped a new generation of young filmmakers offering often shocking films unlike anything that had gone before.

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