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In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses

Director: Nagisa Oshima Cast: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji, Aoi Nakajima

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Based upon a true incident in 1930s Japan, Nagisa Oshima's controversial film effectively skirts the borderline between pornography and art -- making Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris of four years earlier look like children's programming in comparison. The story concerns servant and former prostitute Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda) who becomes sexually obsessed with her employer Kizicho (Tatsuya Fuji), a businessman, after seeing him making love to his wife. After making love to Sada, Kizicho becomes obsessed with her as well. As their love-making becomes more and more intense, they find themselves unable to separate themselves from each other, until every waking hour is spent in more and more dangerous sexual acts with Sada becoming more and more of the aggressor. Finally, for the ultimate in eroticism, Kizicho agrees to be strangled during sexual ecstasy for the ultimate in orgasmic fulfillment.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
UPC: 0715515045315
Original Release: 1976
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 223

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack; ; New Audio Commentary featuring film critic Tony Rayns; New Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji; A 1976 Interview with Director Nagisa Oshima and Actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, Line Producer Koji Wakamatsu, Assistant Director Yoichi Sai, and Film Distributor and US Trailer; ; Deleted footage and US Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eiko Matsuda Sada
Tatsuya Fuji Kichi-zo
Aoi Nakajima Toku
Yasuko Matsui Manageress of Inn
Meika Seri Geisha
Akiko Koyama Geisha
Taiji Tonoyama Old Beggar
Naomi Shiraishi Geisha Yaeji

Technical Credits
Nagisa Oshima Director,Screenwriter
Anatole Dauman Producer
Terumi Hosoishi Special Effects
Hideo Ito Cinematographer
Minoru Miki Score Composer
Yoichi Sai Asst. Director
Shigenori Shimoishizaka Set Decoration/Design
Jusho Toda Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Keiichi Uraoka Editor

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a former prostitute turned servant and her employer. She watches as he makes love to his wife and developes an obsession for him and he eventually for her. The relationship spins out of control and gets more dangerous in the sex they have. The nudity and sex are explicit and this film is rightfully rated NC17. The end must be seen to be believed. Definately not for the squeamish or the prudish.
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joytoy More than 1 year ago
what a beautiful and graphic film about the human mind dealing with obsession. all actors are wonderful. cinematically this is striking because of it age and setting.
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