Thursday, February 14, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:20 pm
Lecture: Introduction to Ōshima Nagisa's film "Taboo" (Gohatto, 1999)
By Stephen Salel

Ōshima Nagisa, director of such acclaimed films as "In the Realm of the Senses" (Ai no korida, 1976) and "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (Senjō no Merii Kurisumasu, 1983), tackles the complex topic of nanshoku, a sexual relationship common among samurai during the Edo period (1615-1868). Should we describe nanshoku in the same terms as modern-day homosexuality? Stephen Salel, co-curator of the exhibition The Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, introduces the film with a brief lecture about nanshoku as it is depicted in both Ōshima Nagisa's movies and Edo-period woodblock prints.

Stephen Salel is the Robert F. Lange Research Associate for Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and co-curator of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga.

Film running time: 100 minutes
$5.00 (members) / $7.00 (non-members)
(Attendants of Shawn Eichman's 4:00 pm lecture (see above) are eligible for a $2.00 discount)
Doris Duke Theater
Honolulu Museum of Art
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