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Difficult theme, great director,
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Oshima stands for me as one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, if only for having made Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. His work has a plurality of styles and themes, which do not always fall to my taste, but a lot of his earlier films were unavailable to me up till now, so it was a great pleasure, starting with Night and Fog in Japan, to realise how, from a theme that normally would have little impact on me, a great director can achieve a breathtaking experience. Oshima admits, even from the title, the Alain Renais influence, but the form is one of his own, and that is the mark of any really great director (in fact there are very few of them in the history of cinema), creating a universe of his own through the simple use of the cinematic elements (that is the reason also why I definitely prefer Polanski to Welles). This is what distinguishes the great from the fake, and this movie is an excellent piece of work, showing what the power of cinema can be.