Based upon the case of Sada Abe, who on May 17 1936 killed and emasculated her lover. These events took place during a period of war, economic depression, public unease and growing militarism, a time of unrest and confusion when public opinion was, at best, unpredictable. Sada, condemned by the law, found herself lionized by the press and hailed as a 'saint' of love. Because she committed murder out of passion, the purity of her motivation elevated her from the status of criminal to that of popular heroine. Written by
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Delicate Japanese sado erotic stuff - if that doesn't confuse you.
The contrast between Oshima's IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES and the delicacy and stylishness of this film, which treats the same subject, is striking.
Whether the story of a woman who cuts off her lover's privates is better handled by a ham fisted celebrity pornographer is questionable.
Nobuhiko Obayashi's version comes complete with Brechtian devices (singing characters, narration by actors explaining their roles , switches to colour in which the blood remains black) and an elegant star turn by Miss Hitomi Kuroki, all of which make the piece intriguing and show considerable skill.
It hasn't attracted any of the censor controversy of the better know (and dodgy) version and hasn't earned it's makers a spot in film histories. Too bad.
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