Sing a Song of Sex

Also known as A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs, this 1967 drama by Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses) is a mysterious hothouse of male sexual hangups. Four high school students in black Nehru jackets follow their university entrance exam with an increasingly bizarre night on the town involving some virginal female classmates and a doleful but much-loved professor from their school. They can't get anywhere with the girls, and as night stretches into morning, the story is engulfed by sexual frustration, elaborate rape fantasies, and death by misadventure. Oshima ends with an unmitigated act of misogyny that unfortunately defines the film, a blunt thesis delivered at the end of a disorderly dream. In Japanese with subtitles. 103 min.

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