DVD Review: 'In the Realm of the Senses' (Blu-ray Re-Release)

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★★★★☆ Claimed by many to be a film that blurs the boundaries between art and pornography, Nagisa Ôshima's In the Realm of the Senses (1976) - starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima - is certainly a piece of cinema that presents the viewer with a visual and emotional challenge, pushing the limits of what might be acceptable or appealing to some and remaining vulnerable and wide-open to judgement.

Based on real events, the film follows the life of a maid and former prostitute, Abe Sada, who becomes involved with her married boss Kichi in an obsessive love affair that transcends the carnal and crosses limits that society has imposed. Their sexual obsession only grows stronger and more dangerous and they enclose themselves in that world of passion, making love compulsively, randomly, endlessly, alone or in front of others. Life outside the doors of the chamber, where they share their intimate moments,
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Win: In The Realm Of The Senses On Blu-ray, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

Written & Directed by Nagisa Ôshima, the UK Blu-Ray Premiere of In the Realm of the Senses with a new uncut version will be available as a Double Play disc on 17th October. We have three copies of the Double Play Blu-Ray & DVD to give away.

Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardour, they forsake all, even life itself.

In The Realm of the Senses has been passed uncut by the BBFC for the first time.


Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima

Blu-Ray Extras:

- Recalling the Film: 2003 Program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer Koji Wakamatsu, assistant disrector Yoichi Sai and distributer Yoko Asakura

- Panel discussion at Birkbeck College with Japanese film scholars

- Once Upon a Time:
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Win a Nagisa Oshima Blu-ray Bundle

  • HeyUGuys
To mark the release of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of Passion (1978) all from Writer / Director Nagisa Oshima and all of which are all making their way to Blu-ray on 17th October, Studio Canal have given us 5 copies of each movie to give away!

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Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983)

Written by Nagisa Ôshima Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti and Ryûichi Sakamoto Available in Double Play disc set

In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi (Ryûichi Sakamoto), who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In Yonoi’s view, the allied prisoners are all cowards after choosing to surrender in the war instead of committing suicide. When one of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence (Tom Conti), tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking,
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