Death by Hanging

Death by Hanging

Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1968 • Japan

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.

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Death by Hanging
  • Death by Hanging

    Directed by Nagisa Oshima • 1968 • Japan

    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...

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  • Tony Rayns on DEATH BY HANGING

    In this piece, produced in 2015, Asian-film critic Tony Rayns discusses DEATH BY HANGING and its continued social relevance.