Nagisa OSHIMA 大島渚
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.
Shinjuku dorobo nikki
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.
協力：Japanisches Kulturinstitut (The Japan Foundation) 、 DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum