Archive of films Sun's Burial / Taiyo no hakaba
1960, 87 min
Section: Shochiku Nouvelle Vague
In terms of morbid views of the world, the frescoes from the poorest part of Osaka outdo even the typically gloomy films of the foremost of Japanese rebel directors. The antiheroes “from the dregs” are dominated by Hanako, who makes her living by day through illegal blood trafficking and, at night, works as a prostitute.
In terms of morbid views of the world and hopeless fates, the frescoes from the poorest part of Osaka outdo even the typically gloomy films of the foremost of Japanese rebel directors. The antiheroes “from the dregs” are dominated by Hanako, who makes her living by day by illegally trafficking the blood of destitute slum-dwellers for cosmetic use. At night she works as a prostitute. No wonder then that Hanako caves in to the magic of young new arrival Takeshi, who brings signs of humanity to the omnipresent violence and life at the expense of others. The leader of the street gang, good-looker Shin, also finds a fondness for Takeshi and tries to corrupt him for his own purposes. Once Takeshi decides to tear himself away from his environment it’s already too late. The semi-documentary style completes the visual stylisation of a bombed out and god-forsaken wasteland, over which even the bloody sunrise portends nothing good.
About the director
Nagisa Oshima (b. 1932, Kyoto) comes from a family of samurai. The most famous and most controversial of the young directors, Oshima sparked off the New Wave in Japan with his debut A Street of Love and Hope in 1959. He had a penchant for literature and poetry in his adolescence and in college became a leading activist in the leftist movement. A direct political dimension, often on the border with documentary, and the influence of the French New Wave, particularly Godard, are evident in the majority of his films, which he got the opportunity to make after working for six years as an assistant in the Shochiku company. His work is replete with fierce criticism of his society that secluded him even after his departure from Shochiku when he began working independently. The apex of his work may be considered In the The Realm of the Senses (Ai no korida, 1976), a scandalous tale of sexual obsession based on a true story.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Shochiku Nouvelle Vague|
|Screenplay:||Nagisa Oshima, Toshirô Ishido|
|Dir. of Photography:||Takashi Kawamata|
|Cast:||Kayoko Honoo, Masahiko Tsugawa, Isao Sasaki, Fumio Watanabe|
|Contact:||Shochiku Co., Ltd., The Japan Foundation|