Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions Of Nagisa Ôshima


Directed by Nagisa Ôshima

UK & Japan, 1983, 2h 3min, 35mm, In English and Japanese with English Subtitles

Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions Of Nagisa Ôshima

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


Fri, Apr 20

In this narrative departure from Ôshima’s earlier works he tells the story of four men in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. David Bowie stars as a recalcitrant prisoner whose experiences in the camp trigger memories of earlier guilt.

About this series:

Nagisa Ôshima (1932-2013) brought themes of political and sexual radicalism to the screen with cinematic techniques that were themselves radical. Inspired by the deconstructive experiments of the French New Wave, Oshima created a cinema that epitomized the boundary-pushing zeitgeist of young Japan. His most famous film, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES, is the most controversial work of Japanese cinema, having been variously censored and banned upon initial release due to its uncompromising sexual imagery. His other works, while less explicit, are no less challenging and transgressive. We are proud to present this selection of films by the master.

Special thanks to the Japan Foundation for their assistance in making this program possible.

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