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A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (aka Sing a Song of Sex)

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A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (aka Sing a Song of Sex)

Time: April 19, 2016 from 7pm to 8:45pm
Location: Japan Society
Street: 333 East 47th Street
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.japansociety.org/e…
Phone: kwatanabe@japansociety.org
Event Discipline: film
Organized By: Japan Society
Latest Activity: Apr 1, 2016

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Nagisa Oshima uses pop singer Ichiro Araki to depict the "obscenity" of underclass desire. Four male and three female students from a provincial city accompany their teacher to Tokyo to take university entrance exams. The teacher dies and one of the boys may be the culprit. But the film is less a narrative than a collage of scenes about power imbalance: between city and country, young and old, rich and poor, Japan and Korea. Taking a hint from Twilight Saloon, Oshima uses song to mark out different social positions, from wartime naval trainees and university radicals to ethnic minorities and resentful adolescents. The question is who gets to sing, and what.

1967, 103 min., 35mm, color. In Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. With Ichiro Araki, Akiko Koyama, Kazuyoshi Kushida, Hiroshi Sato, Kazuko Tajima.

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