Prizewinning Japanese director Nagisa Oshima died on Tuesday, at the age of 80. In 1976, he caused a scandal at the Berlinale with his film Ai no corrida (In the Realm of the Senses), which was confiscated on the suspicion of being pornography. As a Japanese Nouvelle Vague filmmaker, Oshima’s works contained much sex and violence, and so often bordered on provocation.
Considered a significant part of the Festival’s history, his “scandalous” film was re-screened on occasion of the Berlinale’s anniversaries in 1990 and 2010. Another Oshima classic was also shown in 2010, in the Berlinale Special programme: the post-war drama Gishiki (The Ceremony, 1971).