The Criterion Collection
Death by Hanging
Edition no. 798
LicensorOshima Productions, Ltd.
Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
Featuring: Yung-do Yun, Kei Sato, Fumio Watanabe, Rokko Toura, Masao Adachi, Toshiro Ishido, Hosei Komatsu, Masao Matsuda, Akiko Koyama, Shizuo Sato, Takashi Ueno, Nagisa Oshima
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.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono
Discs: 1 Disc | BD-50
- New interview with critic Tony Rayns
- New high-definition digital transfer of director Nagisa Oshima
- An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a 1968 director
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