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A.k.a.
Eros + Massacre
Year
1969
Runtime
202 min.
Director
Yoshishige Yoshida
Genres
Drama, Fantasy, Biography
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
1,175
Checks
281
Favs
42
Dislikes
5
Favs/checks
14.9% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. K.'s avatar

    K.

    Yoshishige Yoshida - "The fundamental theme is: how to change the world, and what is it that needs to be changed? Reflecting on the present situation through the medium of an era already past, I came to believe that Osugi’s problems continue to be ours. Osugi is very well known in Japan – one could say almost legendary: he is someone who spoke of free love. He was assassinated in 1923 by an official of the state, massacred by the power of the state. This is what all Japanese historians believe; but this historical estimation only enlightens the past, and not the future. In making this film, I wanted to transform the legend of Osugi by means of the imaginary. Sure enough, Osugi was oppressed by the power of the state in his political activities. But most of all, he spoke of free love, which has the power to destroy the monogamous structure, then the family, and finally the state. And it was this very escalation that the state could not allow. It was because of this crime of the imaginary (or “imaginary crime”) that the state massacred Osugi. Osugi was someone who envisioned a future." 1 year 10 months ago
  2. TalkingElvish's avatar

    TalkingElvish

    too much eros, not enough massacre. 7 years 8 months ago
  3. xianjiro's avatar

    xianjiro

    a brief phrase basically proves key

    "...intellectual masturbation..."
    2 months 3 weeks ago
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  1. This movie ranks #21 in iCM Forum's 500<400
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  2. This movie ranks #140 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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