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In the Realm of the Senses -- Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A man and a woman are consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. WARNING: THIS FILM IS RATED NC-17 SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT.

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Release Date:
1 April 1977 (USA) See more »
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
It is one of the most gripping films to have ever handled sexual obsession… See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tatsuya Fuji ... Kichizo Ishida

Eiko Matsuda ... Sada Abe
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
Machiko Aoki ... Mitsuwa maid
Mariko Abe ... Kinu (Yoshidaya maid)
Kyôko Okada ... Hangyoku (young Geisha)
Kiyomi Yasuda ... Mitsuwa Geisha
Hiroko Fuji ... O-Tsune (Yoshidaya head maid)
Tômi Mitsuboshi ... Chieko (Yoshidaya maid)
Kimiko Ishii
Katsue Tamiyama ... Fat Mansaki maid
Hitomi Fukuhara ... Bullseye Umbrella Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroko Fujino ... (uncredited)
Kazune Tomiyama ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nagisa Ôshima 

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Minoru Miki 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Itô  (as Hideo Ito)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Sauvion 
Keiichi Uraoka 
 
Production Design by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Set Decoration by
Jusho Toda 
 
Costume Design by
Masahiro Katô 
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Makeup Department
Kikue Osawa .... hair stylist
Koji Takemura .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Susumu Iwabushi .... production manager
Eiko Oshima .... production manager
Katsue Tomiyama .... production manager
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Saburo Li .... assistant director
Masayuki Motomochi .... assistant director
Yôichi Sai .... assistant director
Shizuo Satô .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hitoshi Nojiri .... property master
Takashi Ueno .... property master
 
Sound Department
Henri Humbert .... sound recordist
Alex Pront .... sound recordist
Tetsuo Yasuda .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Terumi Hosoishi .... special effects
Isao Nishimura .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroaki Fujiama .... electrician
Kenichi Okamoto .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Claire Painchault .... assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ai no korîda" - Japan (original title)
"Love's Bullfight" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
UK:109 min | 109 min (original version) | Argentina:103 min | Australia:107 min (2000 re-release) | Norway:104 min | Argentina:98 min (DVD version) | 102 min (final version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.50 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (orginal rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R (re-rating) (2000) | Australia:(Banned) (1992-2000) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (Alberta) (1998) | Canada:R (Ontario) (1991) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 (DVD version) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1997) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1992) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1978) | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1977) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1976) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:Unrated | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:(Banned) (original rating) | Japan:R-18 (re-rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (2001) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 (1999) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1991)

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Trivia:
The film was banned by Israeli censors in 1987. The ban was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court. See also Jenin, Jenin (2003).See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
It is one of the most gripping films to have ever handled sexual obsession…, 3 October 2008

"In the realm of Senses" is so wonderfully plotted and expertly acted that it almost has a dream-like effect… It's an erotic fantasy turned nightmare… It is the story of a sexual relationship between a young Japanese couple… At first lustful and erotic, they can't get enough… However, their experiments in sensationalism end in tragedy…

The film is flavored with strange yet genuinely humorous moments… For example, an older lady chance upon the lovers, and—for the fun of it—the young man initiates a ménage à trois… The incident proves to be so exhilarating that the old woman dies from exhaustion... The scene is played with such vivacity and intensity that—despite the fatal outcome—it does have a strange humorous overtone to it…

Director Nagisa Oshima developed with great care all the minor details of this affair without ever becoming overbearing or intending to teach...

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