Hidden Gems: Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Don’t forget as you sip your cocktails following tonight’s Opening Night screening of “The Class” that the Film Society’s comprehensive tribute to Japanese trailblazer Nagisa Oshima kicks off Saturday morning. First day titles include the legendary “Cruel Story of Youth,” Oshima’s next-to-impossible to see first feature “A Town of Love and Hope,” “Night and Fog in Japan,” and a midnight screening of “In the Realm of the Senses.”
A highlight among these impressive titles is this audacious romp through the Tokyo night, an explosive conversion of crime, sex and revolutionary politics within the heart of Japanese youth culture that — with its indiscriminate timing, shifting settings, documentary inclinations and historical intelligence — is among Oshima’s most directly theatrical works. Continuing the dialogue he began in “Pleasures of the Flesh” and “Violence at Noon” on sexual frustration as “just one of the many sorts of frustration that go with the various forms of rebellion,” as Oshima said in a 1969 interview, “Diary of a Shinjuku Thief” is an advanced treatise on the revolutionary power and complex, multifaceted results of a single, simple, imaginative act.
New 35mm print!