Nagisa Oshima's NIGHT & FOG IN JAPAN
Nagisa Oshima's most personal film is a reflection by the director on his own disillusionment with the revolutionary student movement of the
1950's and the failure of political radicalism.
Taking it's title (as a reference or homage) from Alain Resnais' pivotal 1956 documentary Nuit et Brouillard, the film has a group of former student revolutionaries who meet again years later at the wedding of one of their
classmates. Old feelings, rivalaries and grudges gradually erupt to the surface as the one-time friends recall the various treacheries by which their cause was defeated. Cutting between times past and the present, and unfolding the action from each of his characters viewpoints, Oshima creates an abstract and yet engrossing study of passions past and principles eroded.
Controversial upon release - the film's producers pulled the film from distribution after only a few days in cinemas - Night & Fog in Japan retains both its power to shock and its ability to engage the viewer in it’s radical
form and themes.
colour. 1960. 107 mins.
“A film I felt I had to make at all costs." Nagisa Oshima
“The most influential Japanese filmmaker of his generation.” Jasper Sharp
“Oshima's explosive Night & Fog in Japan.” Village Voice
“A passionate and physical film - a unique work of art.” Roberto Silvestri
“A revolutionary statement.” Misadventures of a Film