October 20th, 2012 / 5:25 pmA D Jameson
Holy shit, Kōji Wakamatsu died
He got hit by a taxi three days ago. Cripes.
Wakamatsu started directing in the early 1960s, primarily making highly artistic and complex exploitation films. His 1969 feature Go, Go Second Time Virgin has long been a favorite of mine:
Here’s a recent interview with him:
Very sorry to hear about this.
Tags: Go Go Second Time Virgin, Kôji Wakamatsu, Nikkatsu
United Red Army is one of the best films I’ve ever seen.
Yes, he’s great. I recently watched Violated Angels and really enjoyed it. I live in Tokyo and saw the report of his death on the news and started asking my friends, but a lot of people have never seen his movies due to their nature, etc…
I think I actually saw my first Wakamatsu movie due to you screening Go Go Second Time Virgin at the ISU Film Society thing… and I went on to become eventually fairly obsessed. I’ve seen a good handful of his films, five or six, and recently just enjoyed Pool Without Water. Crazy that he got hit by a cab; he was a true revolutionary and a great example of meting experimentation with radical politics within the guise of the pink film.
Ha! So Wakamatsu was responsible for our first meeting, even if we didn’t really meet…
What makes it even crazier is that I myself almost got hit by a cab right before I found out about his death, while biking home…
The universe is conspiring to kill us all.
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