year's festival seeks to highlight the films from the 1960s which might serve
as an introduction to the period termed by many as the Japanese New Wave. Three
directors - OSHIMA Nagisa, YOSHIDA Yoshishige and SHINODA Masahiro, from SHOCHIKU
Studios were part of Shochiku's "New Wave". The leader of the New Wave
OSHIMA Nagisa is the also subject of this year's focus, with four of his later
works to be shown. Oshima's A TOWN OF LOVE AND HOPE, Yoshida's GOOD FOR NOTHING
and Shinoda's A FLAME AT THE PIER marked the beginning of SHOCHIKU's "New Wave".
Often contrasted with Oshima's style, IMAMURA Shohei's two films might be seen
as offering an alternative view of the Japanese New Wave. Lastly, OTOTO by ICHIKAWA
Kon might seem out of place in this focus, but this widely admired film by ICHIKAWA
might also serve as a reminder of where Japanese Cinema stood in 1960 before OSHIMA
and his pack rebelled.