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Release Date:
1 April 1977 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Well, if nothing else, it has guts... See more (106 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)
Kôji Wakamatsu  uncredited
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
Kôji Takemura .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Susumu Iwabushi .... production manager
Eiko Oshima .... production manager
Hayao Shibata .... production manager
Katsue Tomiyama .... production manager
Shigeru Wakatsuki .... production manager
Kôji Wakamatsu .... production manager (uncredited)
 
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) | USA:94 min (R-rated version) (reconstructed version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:X (orginal rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R18+ (2000) | Australia:RC (1977) (1981) (1992) | Australia:R18+ (cut) (1977) (1982) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (Alberta) (1998) | Canada:R (Ontario) (1991) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (re-rating) (2016) | Finland:K-15/13 (DVD version) (2007) | 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 (Blu-Ray version) (uncut) | 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:NC-17 (certificate #31261) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)

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Trivia:
Shot in Japan, the undeveloped film had to be shipped to France for development, due to Japan's strict censorship policies.See more »
Quotes:
Kichizo:You want to make love all the time, huh?
Sada Abe:You don't think it's wrong, do you?
Kichizo:I think it's wonderful. You're beautiful.
Sada Abe:I was afraid of not being like others. I was so worried about it, I even went to see a doctor. He said I was sensitive where sex was concerned.
Kichizo:Sensitive? I hope it's incurable. Because I adore your oversensitivity.
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FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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87 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Well, if nothing else, it has guts..., 7 January 1999
Author: HugBoy from NY

Sure, everyone (or most everyone) has heard about "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" and its remarkable statement about human sexuality. However, it is unlikely that as many people have heard about this film, which in a totally different way makes perhaps as profound a statement about that topic.

In fact, if you see an uncut version of this film, you are in essence watching pornography. That is, you are watching incredibly graphic sexual content that simply would not be allowed in an American film. I won't spell it out for you, but I will say this...do you know what they can't show you in American movies? This one shows that. And quite a bit more. This is not the type of sex you would see in a film like "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" or "Bliss" or some of the other decent American films about sex (though I can't think of any others). This is more like the sex shown in "Last Tango in Paris." The characters are so self-destructive and dangerous that the sex (one of the most inherent of all human practices) becomes an expression of their inhumanity. This is not easy stuff. But if you are willing to find an uncut version and experience the true power of this film, you may find yourself moved by the things you see.

This film blurs the line between pornography and art, and I believe that it stays one inch to the art side, but decide for yourself. Either way, I think that it is about time for American films to truly explore that distinction.

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