Please note that the explicit sex scenes are not meant to titillate or arouse; love scenes are actually quite devoid of love, as there is very little moaning and essentially no intimacy. Scenes with sexual content or nudity are often accompanied by an eerie score and/or atmosphere. Despite the strong sexual content throughout and graphic nudity at times, the material is presented in an artful form, showing the negative side to lust with no intention of humor or raunch, but instead providing a disturbing and creepy atmosphere. The sexual activity in most scenes is obscured by objects or people. Most sexual activity in the orgy scene is in the background, as the viewer watches Tom Cruise's character walk through the party.
Many explicit sex scenes are depicted. A private party has several moments involving orgy scenes (in the American version, explicit sex is obscured by digital means), including continuous full-frontal female nudity and several other instances of naked men. Other strong sex scenes involving male/female, male/male, and female/female that include rough sex and thrusting are shown (explicit sexual activity is obscured in the American version).
During the above mentioned party, much nudity is shown. For example, early in the party, twelve women in a circle all disrobe and are wearing only masks and thongs, their breasts clearly visible. The women then walk to men, "kiss" them (basically touching masks), and escort them out of the main room. They are shown walking around in only the mask and thong. In the orgy scene, many woman are shown fully naked and in sexual situations; full frontal female nudity is often shown, all with masks on. As mentioned elsewhere, in the American version all direct intercourse in the party is blocked by a person standing in the way. There is also a very brief scene with couples slow-dancing where at least one member of each couple is naked, sometimes both.
There are depictions of full-frontal female nudity (more prevalent) and male nudity (mostly from behind, but some full-frontal).
A store owner's daughter (possibly a minor) is prostituted out to older men (no nudity, but sex is strongly suggested). This is shown across two scenes: in the first, the store owner discovers the girl with the two Asian men, all three in underwear; It may be important to note the men are wearing makeup, or are in drag. In the second scene, the three are shown exiting a back room, implying that they have had sex.
A woman undresses in front of a mirror. Full-frontal nudity is shown in the mirror, but it is blurry and brief.
A woman is shown unconscious on a couch after a drug overdose, full-frontal nudity shown briefly.
A doctor examines a female patient. Her breasts are clearly visible.
There are three brief sex scenes with the Kidman character shown as black and white flashbacks by the Cruise character, with nothing explicit shown.
A woman discusses how another woman is HIV positive.
There are two scenes where Tom Cruise's character visits a prostitute. In the first, they end up not having sex, though it is discussed. In the second scene, her roommate is there and Cruise opens her top and feels her breasts, though no nudity is shown.
A scene shows a dead woman in a morgue; her naked body is shown.