After years of ill-health, award-winning Japanese director Nagisa Oshima passed away on Tuesday aged 80.
Second to only Akira Kurosawa, Oshima is one of the most famous filmmakers Japan has ever produced. He was revered as an extremely controversial director, akin to someone like Lars Von Trier today, for his highly politicized and sexually charged films in the 60’s and 70’s.
He is most famous for the graphic and widely-censored In the Realm of the Senses I1976), along with the homoerotic war tale Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983) starring David Bowie.
Oshima won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for Empire of Passion (1978), which you can see tonight 9.30pm on World Movies.