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Empire of Passion (1978)
"Ai no borei" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  26 March 1979 (USA)
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A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in ... See full summary »

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Toyoji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Seki
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Gisaburo
Takuzô Kawatani ...
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Akiko Koyama ...
Mother of Landowner
Taiji Tonoyama ...
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Sumie Sasaki ...
Odame
Eizô Kitamura
Masami Hasegawa ...
Oshin
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
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A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance. Written by Kevin Risch <krisch@intranet.on.ca>

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While filming the scene where Toyoji tries to break into the burning house by ramming the door down, Tatsuya Fuji tore three ligaments in his shoulder and dislocated his arm. Three days later, he was back on the set filming the scene where he was being hung from a tree and beaten, with his arm still in a sling (although removed between takes). See more »

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A slight disappointment
1 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Well, I enjoyed "Ai no corrida" (Realm of Senses), and didn't expect much of this one. And I wasn't mistaken - it's boring. I like Oshima for his "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" and "Realm of Senses", but this film disappointed me. The plot is too forced, characters have no motivation. Pity.


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