Oshima succeeds in dissecting in a very precise way how the Other, an Other marked by patriarchy and capitalism, is able to empty the youthful subject of his ideals and dreams as well as how the rebellious protest of certain youthful subjects is, in many cases, an affirmation of the very dynamic that underpins the functioning of the Other.
“A true classic of political driven cinema that has, maybe contrary to one’s expectations, remained as relevant as it was in the past.”
“Highly recommended for those fans of Japan’s Nouvelle Vague movement.”
“The visual as aesthetic is as important for Tezka’s subjectivity as it was for his father’s subjectivity.”
“Nagisa Oshima created an extremely impressive and impactful associative narrative mix about that existence of the female subject and her mysterious enjoyment as such, a subjectivity and enjoyment that is, in light of a patriarchal societal system, highly problematic.”
“Even now, on the occasion of guiding the performances of actors, I occasionally show this movie as prime reference.”
“On the day that I saw this movie, I was ‘ordered’ to fight, during my entire life, with divine violence.”