The Japanese director of the acclaimed World War II prison camp drama Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Nagisa Oshima, has died, his son says. He was 80.
Oshima, who had a critical hit with the controversial erotic work In the Realm of the Senses which famously contained unsimulated sex scenes, had been ill for some time.
Oshima's cinematic career began in earnest in the 1960s with a series of films with political themes, establishing his reputation as a serious director.
Many of his works tackle issues surrounding discrimination or exploring the boundaries of social acceptability.
It was into this latter category that In the Realm of the Senses fell in 1976. The sexually explicit portrayal of an affair between a prostitute-turned-hotel worker and her boss was based on a true story.
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )