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Japanese director Nagisa Oshima dies

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Jan 15, 2013 | 12:15pm EST

He died on Tuesday (15Jan13) in Fujisawa after a bout with pneumonia, according to the Associated Press.

Born in Kyoto, the filmmaker launched his career in 1959 with A Town of Love and Hope. He later shot a handful of controversial movies, including politically-charged Night and Fog in Japan and Taboo, about gay samurai.

Oshima also made a number of erotic films, including In the Realm of the Senses, which had to be completed in France due to its racy content, and Empire of Passion, which earned him a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978.

The star's only English-language film, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, featured rocker David Bowie as a prisoner of war and was released in 1983.

Oshhima also served as the president of the Directors Guild of Japan.

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