Death by Hanging

Death by Hanging

Kei Sato
Director: Nagisa Oshima Cast: Kei Sato
Kei Sato
, Fumio Watanabe
Fumio Watanabe
, Toshiro Ishido
Toshiro Ishido
Nagisa Oshima

Blu-ray (Black & White / Wide Screen)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, December 13


This sad tale, based on a true story of a Japanese-born Korean student who raped and killed two girls in 1958 and was then hanged in 1963 when he reached maturity, is turned by director Nagisa Oshima into a black farce reminiscent of the darkly satirical, anti-authoritarian films of Luis Buñuel. The film opens with the hanging of the criminal, but the noose fails to kill him. Instead he gets amnesia, and the executioners and officials reenact the crime, hoping to jog his memory and prove that he is guilty. Soon they begin to identify with their roles, and the line blurs between the crime and its reenactment. The film ends as a bitter indictment of Japanese nationalism, capital punishment, and Japanese institutional prejudice against Koreans.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2016
UPC: 0715515167819
Original Release: 1968
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 7,316

Special Features

New interview with critic Tony Rayns; New high-definition digital transfer of director Nagisa Oshima's 1965 experimental short documentary Diary of Yunbogi; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kei Sato Prison warden
Fumio Watanabe Minister of Education
Toshiro Ishido Priest
Masao Adachi Chief of guards
Hosei Komatsu District attorney
Akiko Koyama Korean woman
Nagisa Oshima Narrator

Technical Credits
Nagisa Oshima Director,Screenwriter
Hikaru Hayashi Score Composer
Mamoru Sasaki Screenwriter
Tsutomu Tamura Screenwriter
Keiichi Uraoka Editor
Yasuhiro Yoshioka Cinematographer

Customer Reviews