Nagisa Oshima, director of the 1967 experimental anime film Band of Ninja, passed away on January 15, 2013 at the age of 80 from pneumonia.

Oshima was born in Kyoto in 1932, and he joined the film company Shochiku as an assistant director in 1954 after graduating from Kyoto University. In just five years, he rose through the ranks to become a full-fledged feature director on such films as A Town of Love and Hope, Cruel Story of Youth and Graveyard of the Sun. He became part of the “New Wave” of Japanese filmmakers who helped revolutionize the craft by experimenting with new techniques and explicit storytelling.

Source: ANN