Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Max, Mon Amour for Nagisa Oshima

It is a bit of a shame that the great Nagisa Oshima, who has died at the age of 80, is still best known for the lubricious (and beautifully made) Ai No Korida. There is brilliance in that film, but …

Wed, Jan 16, 2013, 15:52

   
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It is a bit of a shame that the great Nagisa Oshima, who has died at the age of 80, is still best known for the lubricious (and beautifully made) Ai No Korida. There is brilliance in that film, but the controversy over its erotic content somewhat obscures the arguments being made about Japanese society. In the early part of his career, with films such as Night and Fog in Japan and Boy, Oshima revealed a cool eye and a cynical temperament. Still, if we’re going to bung up a trailer, it has to be for the impressively bizarre Max, Mon Amour from 1986. This was the one in which Charlotte Rampling fell in love with a chimpanzee. Unless I am mistaken, there is a reference to the picture at the and of Leos Carax’s cracking Holy Motors. Enjoy. If they made it now it would star Kristin Scott Thomas, you know.