NIHON NO YORU TO KIRI (Night and Fog in Japan) Dir. Ōshima Nagisa, 1960. 107 mins.
One of Ōshima’s earliest and best films. Night and Fog in Japan opens at a wedding. The bride, groom and guests are former members of a radical left-wing student group. An uninvited guest turns up, setting off a series of accusations and betrayals through which Ōshima explores reasons for the failure of the anti-US treaty movement of the 1950s. With a menacing score, literate script and intense performances, this film achieves a gripping blend of suspense and recent history.