In this macabre farce, a Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Nagisa Ôshima’s constantly surprising film is a startlingly subversive and surreal political statement.
Exploring crime on both an individual and national level, Nagisa Oshima’s riotous comedy doubles as a dense, contradicting critique of hypocrisy and corruption. An absurdist farce shot in a faux-documentary style—influenced by the innovations of Jean-Luc Godard and Bertold Brecht.
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Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
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