<i>Death by Hanging.</i> 1968. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima
  • Death by Hanging

    1968. Japan. Nagisa Oshima. 119 min.

Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Death by Hanging

    1968. Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Screenplay by Tsutomu Tamura, Mamoru Sasaki, Michinori Fukao, Oshima. With Yun Yun-Do, Fumio Watanabe, Masao Adachi. “The late 1960s marked a remarkably productive and creatively intense period for Oshima as he began to define a truly revolutionary approach to narrative. Death by Hanging marks a high point of these fertile years as one of Oshima’s most potent, stylistically daring, and intensely debated works. His first film to draw the attention of international critics, Death by Hanging was inspired by the highly publicized death sentenced received by a Korean youth for the strangling of two young female schoolmates. The film opens with a gripping documentary-style reenactment of the execution that is suddenly derailed by an uncanny and inexplicable mishap, plunging the film into a dizzying mode of political theater where the authority of the executioners and truth claims of cinema are brilliantly put on trial. An uncompromising ode to Brechtian aesthetics, Death by Hanging is an awe-inspiring and urgent work of political cinema” (Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive). Print lent by Harvard Film Archive; courtesy Janus Films. In Japanese; English subtitles. 119 min.

Related Publication


Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde
Doryun Chong, with essays by Michio Hayashi, Miryam Sas, and Mika Yoshitake

More info at MoMAstore.org »
Add Hardcover to cart ($55.00 / $49.50 Members) »