The Sun's Burial - (Import DVD)
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Legendary Japanese director Nagisa Oshima's follow-up and companion piece to 'Naked Youth' (1960). Set in the slums of 1950s Osaka, the film follows the lives of the pimps, prostitutes, junkies, tramps and thieves who inhabit this ghetto. Oshima delivers a pitiless portrait of the hellish realities that lurk beneath the surface of the prosperous new Japan. It's not only a protest against the post-war American military presence, but an indictment of the country's loss of national and cultural identity. Filmed in lurid, gaudy Cinemascope, the film is generally accepted as one of the director's finest and most powerful works.
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