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Eros + Massacre (1969)

(Uncut Version)
 (บรรยายอังกฤษ)

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Director:Yoshishige Yoshida Producer:Shinji Soshizaki, Yoshishige Yoshida

Written by:Masahiro Yamada, Yoshishige Yoshida Music:Toshi Ichiyanagi  Cinematography:Motokichi Hasegawa

Edited:Hiroyuki Yasuoka Running time:3h 22min Country:Japan Language:Japanese Genre:Biography, Drama, Fantasy Subtitle:English  Starring:Mariko Okada ... Noe Ito, Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Sakae Osugi, Yûko Kusunoki ... Itsuko Masaoka,

Kazuko Inano ... Akiko Hiraga, Etsushi Takahashi ... Jun Tsuji, Daijirô Harada ... Wada, Toshiko Ii ... Eiko Sokutai 

 

Storyline:
Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s'' students researching Osugi''s theories.

In the 1920s, the anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi is financially supported by his wife, journalist Itsuko Masaoka. He spends his time doing nothing but philosophizing about political systems and free love and visiting with his lovers Yasuko and the earlier feminist Noe Ito. He conveniently defends three principles for a relationship between a man and a woman: they should be financially independent (despite the fact that he is not); they should live in different places; and they should be free to have sex with other people. In 1969, twenty-year-old student, Eiko Sokuta is sexually active with various men. Her friend, Wada, is obsessed with fire and they usually play odd games using a camera while they read about Osugi and Ito.

 

Review:
Eros + Massacre (エロス+虐殺 Erosu purasu gyakusatsu?) is a Japanese black-and-white film released in 1969. It was directed by Yoshishige Yoshida, who wrote it in cooperation with Masahiro Yamada. It is the first film in Yoshida''s trilogy of Japanese radicalism, followed by Heroic Purgatory (1970) and Coup d''Etat (1973).

It is considered to be one of the most representative films from the Japanese New Wave movement, and often one of the finest Japanese films. David Desser named his book on the subject after Eros + Massacre. The film touches upon many themes, such as free love, anarchism and the relationship between the past, the present and the future. Although the film is a biography of anarchist Sakae Ōsugi, Yoshida states that he didn''t focus on Ōsugi as a historical character per se, but rather on how reflecting on the present influences reflecting on the future.

Like most of Yoshida''s films, Eros + Massacre is characterized by the immense visual beauty, the appearance of the director''s wife, actress Mariko Okada, and richness in psychological and historical complexities.

 

 



 





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