In The Realm Of The Senses director Nagisa Oshima dies at age 82
TOKYO (AFP) - The Japanese director of the acclaimed World War II prison camp drama Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Nagisa Oshima died on Tuesday, his son said. He was 82.
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.
"My father died calmly," Oshima's younger son, Arata told AFP.
"He was with members of his family, wife Akiko and elder son Takeshi. I wasn't there. My father had been in hospital since late last year and died of pneumonia." The younger Oshima was speaking from his late father's home in Fujisawa, near Kamakura, outside Tokyo.