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Fûtarô Yamada (novel)
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December 1965 (USA) See more »
After Atsushi commits murder, he is blackmailed into keeping a suitcase full of embezzled money. What follows is a descent into lustful, reckless actions and regret. | Add synopsis »
Oshima's Outlaw Sixties DVD Box Set Review
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  (in credits order)
Katsuo Nakamura ... Atsushi Wakizaka
Mariko Kaga ... Shoko
Yumiko Nogawa ... Hitomi
Masako Yagi ... Shizuko
Toshiko Higuchi ... Mari
Hiroko Shimizu ... Keiko
Shôichi Ozawa ... Hayami
Kei Satô ... Police inspector
Rokkô Toura ... Sakurai
Fumio Watanabe ... Hanawa gang member
Hôsei Komatsu ... Egi
Akiji Kobayashi ... Mari's pimp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Emori
Akira Hamada ... (uncredited)
Mamoru Hirata ... (uncredited)
Naramasa Komatsu ... (uncredited)
Daigo Kusano ... Pimp (uncredited)

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
Writing credits
Fûtarô Yamada (novel "Kan no naka no etsuraku")

Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay)

Produced by
Masayuki Nakajima .... producer
Original Music by
Jôji Yuasa 
Cinematography by
Akira Takada 
Film Editing by
Keiichi Uraoka 
Art Direction by
Yasutarô Kon 
Sound Department
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
Special Effects by
Koshi Hirata .... lightning
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuharu Hirata .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Etsuraku" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The downfall of a man, 3 April 2009
Author: GrandeMarguerite from France

What looks first like a thriller (after the murder of a man who raped one of his students, a young teacher finds himself blackmailed into hiding a huge some of money) turns into an exploration of greed and sexual exploitation by one of the less politically correct Japanese directors, Nagisa Oshima, as the hero succumbs to his baser impulses and decides to spend the money on indulging his every (often sensual) impulse - planning to commit suicide when the cash runs out. "Pleasures of the Flesh" sees Oshima first embrace of the themes of sexuality, sadism and obsession that characterize his later works. I see "Pleasures of the Flesh" as the turning point in Oshima's career, a cross between his early films, like "The Sun's Burial" or "A Cruel Story of Youth" with young criminals who exploit each other for money and enact transgressive fantasies, or "Night and Fog in Japan" with its political plot, and later films, like the famous "Realm of the Senses", and their sadomasochist tales of sex and death. Oshima is obviously already at work pushing the limits of what can be shown on screen and what can be said on the power of sex and money, on the perversion of love and capitalism. It is one of the most pessimistic works from the director. Everything is corrupt : the young girl the hero falls for (and kills for) proves to be not so innocent in the end, sex (which is a way to humiliate people), love (which only leads to frustration and guilt), money (a delusion), society (dominating and repressive). As "Pleasures of the Flesh" seems to embody most of Oshima's favorite themes, I would recommend it, but don't expect a "likeable" film with "likeable" characters. But after all, this is all too typical of Oshima's manner ! Has he ever filmed romantic stories and sweet people ?

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