The Ceremony

  • Dir: Oshima Nagisa

  • Japan, 1971, 123 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Kawarasaki Kenzo, Kaku Atsuko, Sato Kei

One of Oshima’s most ambitious works about sexuality and mortality, challenging Japanese military aggression. After WWII, Masuo and his mother return from Manchuria to the Sakurada family estate. As the heir to the family line, he is placed under the authority of his oppressive grandfather. Surrounded by death, disappointment and libidinal paralysis at multiple weddings and funerals, he reaches the depth of despair when being forced to go through a brideless marriage. The Ceremony is a brutal critique of postwar Japan that resembles the incestuous family which looks prosperous on the outside, yet rotten from within.

#1 in 1971 Kinema Junpo ’s Top 10, and Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay of the Year




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