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Death by Hanging

Nagisa Oshima

 
Death by Hanging (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1968
  • 118 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #798

Genius provocateur Nagisa Oshima, an influential figure in the Japanese New Wave of the 1960s, made one of his most startling political statements with the compelling pitch-black satire Death by Hanging. In this macabre farce, a Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Oshima’s constantly surprising film is a subversive and surreal indictment of both capital punishment and the treatment of Korean immigrants in his country.

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Tony Rayns
  • New high-definition digital transfer of director Nagisa Oshima’s 1965 experimental short documentary Diary of Yunbogi
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a 1968 director’s statement by Oshima

    New cover by Adam Maida

Film Essays

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Death by Hanging: Hanging by a Thread

By Howard Hampton February 16, 2016

In Death by Hanging, Nagisa Oshima spins a complex aesthetic web around his documentary-like structure, packing detail, history, politics, and emotion into his surrealist inquiry into capital . . . Read more »

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Reintroducing Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging

February 17, 2016

It’s been nearly fifty years since the original release of Nagisa Oshima’s Death by Hanging, yet the 1968 feature remains as viscerally powerful as ever. Oshima, one of the Japanese New Wave’s . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Dbh1_current_thumbnail

Death by Hanging: Hanging by a Thread

By Howard Hampton February 16, 2016

In Death by Hanging, Nagisa Oshima spins a complex aesthetic web around his documentary-like structure, packing detail, history, politics, and emotion into his surrealist inquiry into capital . . . Read more »

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