Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions of Nagisa Ôshima:
A new Austin Film Society retrospective
launches with this early film by one of the leading lights of the Japanese New Wave, Nagisa Ôshima, who is probably best known for his flinch-provoking love story In the Realm of the Senses
. Like most of Ôshima’s films, Cruel Story of Youth
depicts the conflict between old and new values. The story pits two young lovers against the world as aimless rebels without a cause who exploit and blackmail men who offend the social order. In Ôshima’s hands, it becomes a timeless story. Read a full review of Cruel Story of Youth.