Japanese history through cinema series: Night and Fog in Japan

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.

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