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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:
Erotic movie examines its society See more (101 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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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 (Eastmancolor)
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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:
Japan has stringent laws regarding the publication of pornography. Nagisa Ôshima was later charged with obscenity on publishing the screenplay, but was acquitted after a courtcase that dragged on for four years.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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FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Erotic movie examines its society, 9 February 2008
Author: Dave from Ottawa from Canada

With his landmark film The Ceremony, Nagisa Oshima became one of Japanese filmdom's leading social critics as he dissected the logic behind ritual suicide, arranged marriages and other activities considered acceptable 'traditional' behavior. Here he examines the story behind a famous Japanese scandal - a prostitute was found wandering the streets of Tokyo out of her mind following the death of her lover by erotic asphyxiation - in terms of what is considered 'acceptable' Japanese social behavior. The principals engage in obsessive sexual activity, and allow the addictive and dangerous aspects of their relationship to get out of hand precisely BECAUSE it was considered so unhealthy and immoral by Japanese standards. In a society in which all sexual activity is viewed as shameful, shame no longer mediates behavior. Limits become meaningless. The film itself is colorfully made, with excellent period detail and production design, and the actors are attractive. The structure is that of an erotic novel, as game playing, obsession and danger escalate to a fitting point-of-no-return climax. It is much better and more socially relevant than similar American films such as Nine 1/2 Weeks.

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