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Film info: Eros + Massacre

Film Information

Original Title Eros + Massacre
English Title Eros + Massacre
Director Kijû Yoshida
Year 1969
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 167 min
  • Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Ineno, Etsushi Takahashi
  • Guión: Kijû Yoshida, Masahiro Yamada
  • Fotografía: Motokichi Hasegawa
  • Montaje: Hiroyuki Yasuoka
  • Producción: Kijû Yoshida, Shinji Soshizaki


Almost unanimously acclaimed as Yoshida’s masterpiece, this tour de force is a daring analysis of sex, politics, revolution and art in modern Japan that shifts back and forth in time. At the one end we have the 1910s anarchist and advocate of free love Sakae Ösugi and his relationship with three women, at the other a 1960s couple of student radicals. The struggle between male logic and female passion and the friction between the 1910s and the actuality of the late 1960s converge into an instant of massacre. Structure and narrative are disjointed and past and present intermingle. Actors walk from one time zone into another. Instead of one “historical reality” various versions are enacted, underlining there is no objectivity whatsoever, neither in our observations nor in our memory. A long and complex film, but the inspiring content and enchanting cinematography ensure a most rewarding experience and have made Eros + Massacre into one of the highlights of Japanese postwar cinema.


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