Diary of a Shinjuku Thief

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Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief Poster.jpg
The Japanese poster
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
Written by Nagisa Oshima
Mamoru Sasaki
Masao Adachi
Takeshi Tamura
Starring Tadanori Yokoo
Rie Yokoyama
Kei Satō
Jūrō Kara
Moichi Tanabe
Tetsu Takahashi
Cinematography Sēzō Sengen
Yasuhiro Yoshioka
Edited by Nagisa Oshima
Distributed by Sōzōsha
Art Theatre Guild
Release date
  • February 15, 1969 (1969-02-15) (Japan)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (新宿泥棒日記?, Shinjuku Dorobō Nikki) is a 1968 Japanese New Wave film directed by Nagisa Oshima.


The film centers around Birdie, a young Japanese book thief who is caught by a store clerk named Umeko. As their encounters grow increasingly fraught with tension and desire, the two become lovers and begin committing thefts together.



Roger Greenspun of The New York Times called most of the film dull "with an air of having been produced only for purposes of demonstration", concluding that "the result is a high-powered sterility in the midst of much energetic busyness."[1] The film was described by Ronald Bergan of The Guardian as "an explosive agitprop movie equating sexual liberation with revolution, whose impact has cooled only marginally."[2]


  1. ^ Greenspun, Roger (6 July 1973). "Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1968)". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Bergan, Ronald (15 January 2013). "Nagisa Oshima obituary". The Guardian. 

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