Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Noboru Tomonari, Associate Professor, Japanese, Asian Languages and Literatures, Carleton College
One of Oshima’s earliest films examines the class struggle in Japan. A poor enterprising teen sells homing pigeons to unsuspecting customers as pets—only to have the birds return so he can sell them again—until his rich girlfriend gets wise to his scam. 1959, 35mm, 62 minutes.
Diary of a Yunbogi Boy (Yunbogi no nikki)
Told through a series of still photos shot by the director (similar in style to Chris Marker’s La Jetée), the film combines the writings of a Korean boy abandoned by his family in Japan to show the struggles of the country’s ethnic minority. 1965, 16mm, 30 minutes.