Nagisa OSHIMA 大島渚

Diary Of A Shinjuku Thief


Nippon Retro   ² 

While stealing some books, a student meets a girl; they befriend each other, but have sexual problems. That pretty much wraps up the plot of DIARY OF A SHINJUKU THIEF. However, this plot is also the vantage point for a documentary glance on life in Shinjuku, Tokyo’s amusement district. The film was shot without a fixed script, between street theater and real-life political rallies. Now and then, the crew can be seen discussing the themes of the film, which is filled with literary and cinematic references.

Tue, 25. August 2020 20:30
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Deutsches Filmmuseum

35mm, Original with English subtitles

Thu, 27. August 2020 18:00
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Deutsches Filmmuseum

35mm, Original with English subtitles

Classic Drama

Shinjuku dorobo nikki

Japan 1969

96 minutes


World sales
Oshima Productions

Film print
Japan Foundation


About Nagisa OSHIMA

Nagisa OSHIMA (1932 – 2013) studied political history at the University of Kyoto. He then became a film critic and later editor-in-chief of a film magazine, before learning his craft as an assistant director at Shochiku Studios. With his own production company Sozosha, he created pioneering films in the field of Japanese New Wave cinema, making his international breakthrough with IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (AI NO CORRIDA) in 1976.

In cooperation with Japanisches Kulturinstitut (The Japan Foundation) and DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

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