Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director internationally acclaimed for his films Empire of Passion and In the Realm of the Senses, has died of pneumonia. He was 80.
His office, Oshima Productions, said Oshima died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital near Tokyo after being in and out of hospital since he was struck by a stroke more than a decade ago.
A former student radical from Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, Oshima debuted in 1959 with A Town of Love and Hope, quickly earning a reputation of a “new wave” director with social and political themes during the 1960, often depicting youths raging against the society. He tackled controversial social issues throughout his career, ranging from capital punishment and racism to homosexuality.
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