Death by Hanging

Death by Hanging

DVD - 2016 | Japanese
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A Korean man is sentenced to death in Japan but survives his execution, sending the authorities into a panic about what to do next. At once disturbing and oddly amusing, Oshima's constantly surprising film is a subversive and surreal indictment of both capital punishment and the treatment of Korean immigrants in his country.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2016.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781681431086
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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akirakato
Nov 14, 2018

Directed by Nagisa Oshima in 1968, this Japanese drama focuses on complex treatments of guilt and consciousness, justice, and the persecution of ethnic Koreans in Japan.
A documentary-like opening introduces a death chamber where an execution is about to take place.
Althought the title sounds serious, the film contains scenes of absurd and perverse humor.
You might as well laugh out loud to death.

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slarsen
Jul 08, 2018

I'm sorry - is this supposed to be a comedy? I laughed through the whole thing. Really funny, loved it.

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jnewday
May 11, 2018

This film poses the question, ‘What happens when a condemned man survives his execution?' The authorities enter into turmoil and conflict over the moral and philosophical implications.

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