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1 April 1977 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins See more »
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Overshadowed by the pointless "art" versus "porn" debate! See more (97 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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Certification:
Argentina:18 | 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 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 »
Quotes:
Kichizo:[talking to Sada] A girl like you can stab a man's heart without a knife, huh?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Pirated Copy (2004)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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116 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
Overshadowed by the pointless "art" versus "porn" debate!, 16 October 2001
Author: INFOFREAKO from Perth, Australia

'Empire Of The Senses' is one of the least seen and much debated movies of the Seventies. "Least seen" because in many countries, including the one I live in, it has been banned, or only available in censored versions for many years. This movie divides people - those that like it hail it as ART, those that don't dimiss it snobbishly as PORN. Both camps are fooling themselves! 'Empire Of The Senseless' is BOTH.

Is it "serious"? Yes. Is it voyeuristic and prurient? Yes. Is it a masterpiece? Not quite. Is it worth watching? Very much so. In fact I'd say it was essential viewing for anyone interested in extreme or taboo-breaking movies.

The Seventies were the decade where the boundaries of screen sex, violence and disturbing imagery were repeatedly stretched. Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' and 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia', Bertolucci's 'Last Tango In Paris', Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange',were all milestones, and the the art movies of Herzog, Warhol, Pasolini, and Jodorowsky battled it out with the horror and exploitation of Russ Meyer, Dario Argento, John Waters,and David Cronenberg. Add to that the unexpected crossover success of 'Deep Throat' and the very existence of shockers like 'Ilse, She Wolf Of The SS' and 'Cannibal Holocaust', and what do you get? The artificial and meaningless divisions of genres, "high art" vs "trash", new ways of thinking vs new ways of making money, it was all on the table. For one brief decade it looked like a brave new world.

Then everything that was gained was lost - Spielberg and Simpson/Bruckheimer cleaned up (financially and aesthetically), and things have never been the same since. Watch 'Empire Of The Senseless' with that in mind. It may be flawed - you'll be alternatively fascinated and bored - but it is an important movie from an important period in movie history.

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