Archive of films Sun's Burial / Taiyo no hakaba

Japan
1960, 87 min

Section: Shochiku Nouvelle Vague
Year: 2007

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.


Synopsis

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.

Contacts

Shochiku Co., Ltd.
4-1-1 Tsukiji, Togeki Bldg. 12th Floor, Chuo-Ku, 104 8422, Tokyo
Japan
Tel: +81 355 501 623
Fax: +81 355 501 654
E-mail: ibd@shochiku.co.jp
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The Japan Foundation
4-16-3 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, 160-0004, Tokyo
Japan
Tel: +81 355 623 535
Fax: +81 355 623 500
E-mail: film_tv_and_publication_division@jpf.go.jp, film@jpf.go.jp
www: www.jpf.go.jp

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Shochiku Nouvelle Vague
   
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima, Toshirô Ishido
Dir. of Photography: Takashi Kawamata
Music: Riichiro Manabe
Editor: Keiichi Uraoka
Producer: Tomio Ikeda
Production: Shochiku
Cast: Kayoko Honoo, Masahiko Tsugawa, Isao Sasaki, Fumio Watanabe
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd., The Japan Foundation

Guests

Junko Kawaguchi

Marie Suzuki

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