(Nagisa Oshima, 1999).
It’s an all-male military universe, but rather than a rapt meditation on the erotic obsession that one officer develops for an individual soldier, Nagisa Oshima’s Taboo is more detached and analytical in its concern with love’s flowering within a repressive system. Japan’s greatest living filmmaker had not made a theatrical feature in 14 years—who could have predicted this action film, at once baroque and austere, hypnotic and opaque?

Sun., Sept. 28, 9:15 p.m., 2008

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