SING A SONG OF SEX
Sexual desire and the urge for power
are the basis of the stories of four
students who begin their university
studies and must come to terms with
girls (including a mysterious Korean
girl), the demands of politics and
the authority of their former professor
and his companion. The heterogeneous
songs are the expression and unifying
theme of the various social groups.
Nagisa Ōshima (Tamano, Japan, 1931 - Fujisawa, Japan, 2013) is considered one of the maestros of Japanese cinema. An exponent of “nuberu bagu,” his films depict the contradictions of Japanese society since WWII, in which growing materialism is flanked by strict observance of centuries-old rules, generating oxymorons and irresolvable conflicts. His most important films include Cruel Story (1960); The Sun’s Burial (1960); Night and Fog in Japan (1960); The Ceremony (1971); In the Realm of the Senses (1976), a true sensation because of its explicit sexual content; Empire of Passion (1978), which won Best Director at Cannes; and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), which received a BAFTA for Best Score. His final film was Taboo (1999), presented in competition at Cannes. In 2009, the Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective to him.
Seishun zankoku monogatari (Racconto crudele della giovinezza, 1960), Taiyō no hakaba (Il cimitero del sole, 1960), Nihon no yoru to kiri (Notte e nebbia in Giappone, 1960), Etsuraku (Il godimento, 1965), Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu (Japanese Summer: Double Suicide, 1967), Koshikei (Death by Hanging, 1968), Gishiki (La cerimonia, 1971), Ai no korīda (Ecco l’impero dei sensi, 1976), Ai no bōrei (L’impero della passione, 1978), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Furyo, 1983), Max mon amour (Max amore mio, 1986), Gohatto (Tabù - Gohatto, 1999).
Takeshi Tamura, Mamoru
Sasaki, Toshio Tajima,
interpreti e personaggi/
cast and characters
Ichiro Araki (Toyoaki
Nakamura), Kazuko Tajima
Ichizo Itami (il professor/
Professor Otake), Akiko
Koyama (Takako Tanigawa,
la compagna di Otake/
Koji Iwabuchi (Hideo Ueda)