"I do not like to be called a samurai, but I admit that I have an image of myself as a fighter. I would like to fight against all authorities and powers."—Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013)
"In the Realm of Oshima", which venued at Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive in the Summer of 2009? More importantly, would I have gained as much insight into Oshima's films without Quandt's informed introductions to several of the films in the series? I think the answer is evident.
On the sad occasion of Oshima's death, I revisit The Evening Class vaults.
James Quandt's PFA introduction to the "In the Realm of Oshima" retrospective.
My interview with James Quandt, parts one and two.
My wrap-up of the PFA retrospective.
My reiteration of the homosexual themes in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
Finally, a YouTube clip of Oshima's early short Tomorrow's Sun (Asu no Taiyo).
As for the current outpouring of remorse and appreciation around the globe, I turn as I always do to Dave Hudson's comprehensive compendium of write-ups and obits, hosted at Fandor.