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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
"Ai no korîda" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  1 April 1977 (USA)
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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 ardor, they ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aoi Nakajima ...
Toku
Yasuko Matsui ...
Tagawa Inn Manager
Meika Seri ...
Matsuko (Yoshidaya maid)
Kanae Kobayashi ...
Old geisha Kikuryû
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Old Beggar
Kyôji Kokonoe ...
Teacher Ômiya
Naomi Shiraishi ...
Geisha Yaeji
Shinkichi Noda
Komikichi Hori ...
Mitsuwa Geisha
Kikuhei Matsunoya ...
Hôkan jester
Akiko Koyama ...
Mansaki Geisha
Yuriko Azuma ...
Mitsuwa Geisha
Rei Minami ...
Mitsuwa Geisha
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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 ardor, they forsake all, even life itself. Written by Allen Brown <browna@ohsu.edu>

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SEK 1,424,906 (Sweden)
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The film was not submitted for British classification until 1989 and the cinema release was then delayed until censor James Ferman was satisfied that the movie would not be liable for prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act. Previous showings had been limited to cinema clubs and even then the infamous scene where the young boy's penis is yanked by Sada had been removed entirely. For the 1989 submission Ferman used an optical zoom to reframe the offending shot and the film, by now deemed not obscene and safe from prosecution by a QC, was finally passed uncut for UK cinema in March 1991. See more »

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Sada Abe: Now what am I supposed to do?
Kichizo: You mustn't ask me. Aren't you the bride?
Sada Abe: But how should I know? I've never been married before.
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One of the most extraordinary films I have ever seen

There is nothing in cinema that I can think of that compares to In The Realm Of The Senses. It is in a class of its own: beautiful, tender, sensual, erotic, horrifying. I can still remember the shock of seeing it perhaps twenty years ago: not just at the explicitness of the images, in every sense, but at the extraordinary passion and honesty of the two central performances, and Oshima's direction.

Despite the violent nature of the film, and the fact that it is based on a true event, I cannot think of another film that so truly captures the intensity of any emotional and sexual relationship at some point in its incarnation. If you have ever felt love and desire at their most powerful - the wish not to possess someone, but to become part of them and share with them how they experience the world - then you will recognize that feeling here. While certainly not a map for any relationship you might wish to have (I pray!), this film says more about what it means to be a man or woman than any other film I have seen.


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