Nagisa Oshima

Sing a Song of Sex

Sing a Song of Sex

In Oshima’s enigmatic tale, four sexually hungry high school students preparing for their university entrance exams meet up with an inebriated teacher singing bawdy drinking songs. This encounter sets them on a less than academic path. Oshima’s hypnotic, free-form depiction of generational political apathy features stunning color cinematography.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1967
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 21: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties

Eclipse 21: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties

DVD Box Set

5 Discs


Sing a Song of Sex
Ichirô Araki
Toyoaki Nakamura
Akiko Koyama
Takako Tanigawa
Kazuyoshi Kushida
Katsumi Kushida
Hiroshi Satô
Koji Maruyama
Kazuko Tajima
Mayuko Fujiwara
Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima
Toshio Tajima
Takeshi Tamura
Akira Takada
Keiichi Uraoka


Eclipse Series 21: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties
Eclipse Series 21: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties
Driven to Destruction Nagisa Oshima was a destructive force in Japanese cinema—and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Intent on exploding taboos and jabbing the eye of the status quo, he created films that leave us with a richly skewed vis…

By Michael Koresky

Kei Sato 1928–2010
Kei Sato 1928–2010
The great Japanese actor Kei Sato passed away last week; he was eighty-one years old. You may not recognize Sato’s name, but if you’ve seen a Japanese film in the past fifty years, there’s a reasonably good chance you’ve fallen, however brief…

By Chuck Stephens


Nagisa Oshima

Writer, Director

Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima

Japanese cinema’s preeminent taboo buster, Nagisa Oshima directed, between 1959 and 1999, more than twenty groundbreaking features. For Oshima, film was a form of activism, a way of shaking up the status quo. Uninterested in the traditional Japanese cinema of such popular filmmakers as Kurosawa, Ozu, and Naruse, Oshima focused not on classical themes of good and evil or domesticity but on outcasts, gangsters, murderers, rapists, sexual deviants, and the politically marginalized. He began as a studio filmmaker, and had a hit with the jazzy Cruel Story of Youth (1960), but left Shochiku when the powers that be there pulled his politically incendiary Night and Fog in Japan (1960) from circulation. Oshima then struck out on his own, becoming an independent director and even starting a production company, Sozo-sha, where he made such popular and aesthetically diverse films as the pinku eiga, or “pink film,” Pleasures of the Flesh (1965); Violence at Noon (1966), which contains more than two thousand cuts; Sing a Song of Sex (1967), a dreamlike investigation of libidinous, politically confused youth; and Death by Hanging (1969), a surreal, meditative film about social injustice. With his late-seventies international coproductions, the sexually graphic In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and the visually raw ghost story Empire of Passion (1978), Oshima became an art-house sensation in Europe and the U.S., riling moviegoers there much as he had at home. Made in 1999, Oshima’s final film, Taboo, a portrait of homosexual longing among samurai, is the perfect expression of his continued desire to provoke.