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Diary of Yunbogi

Diary of Yunbogi (1965)


24 min

Country: Japan

Director: Nagisa Ōshima

Actors: Hôsei Komatsu

Genres: Documentary

Subtitle: English

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This ethereal montage of still images with darkly somber undertones, Yunbogi’s Diary is based on photographs that Oshima took during his two-month research trip to South Korea in 1965 during which he was haunted by his encounters with impoverished street children in Seoul. The voice-over comprises diary entries from a six-year-old Korean boy and Oshima’s own reflections on Japanese-Korean relations, a controversial subject that he revisited in his later films Sing a Song of Sex and Death by Hanging.

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