Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 213: Fri Dec 17

Death by Hanging (Oshima, 1968): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Japan season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
One of Nagisa Oshima’s very best, this Japanese feature from 1968 is concerned with the death penalty and the public’s understanding of a rape and murder committed by a Korean youth. The inventive staging is not merely dazzling but purposeful: a group of Japanese officials discovers, through a fantasy conceit, that the Korean prisoner refuses to die because the issues of his crime and his punishments aren’t understood, and the film works through a series of imaginative reconstructions of the events leading up to the rape and murder. (The issue of Japanese persecution of Koreans is also pertinent to the proceedings.) The results are Brechtian in the best sense: entertaining, instructive, gripping, mind-boggling, often humorous, and very much alive.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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