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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Ai no korîda (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1977 (USA)
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to an obsessive and ultimately destructive sexual relationship.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima

Writer:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Fuji ... Kichizo Ishida
Eiko Matsuda ... Sada Abe
Aoi Nakajima Aoi Nakajima ... Toku
Yasuko Matsui Yasuko Matsui ... Tagawa Inn Manager
Meika Seri Meika Seri ... Matsuko (Yoshidaya maid)
Kanae Kobayashi Kanae Kobayashi ... Old geisha Kikuryû
Taiji Tonoyama ... Old Beggar
Kyôji Kokonoe ... Teacher Ômiya
Naomi Shiraishi Naomi Shiraishi ... Geisha Yaeji
Shinkichi Noda Shinkichi Noda
Komikichi Hori Komikichi Hori ... Mitsuwa Geisha
Kikuhei Matsunoya Kikuhei Matsunoya ... Hôkan jester
Akiko Koyama ... Mansaki Geisha
Yuriko Azuma Yuriko Azuma ... Mitsuwa Geisha
Rei Minami Rei Minami ... Mitsuwa Geisha
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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 desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself. Written by Allen Brown <browna@ohsu.edu>

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Trivia

The first non-pornographic film to feature scenes of fellatio and an erect penis. 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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Alternate Versions

The English subtitles throughout the film on the R2 DVD release differ to the English subtitles on the NTSC VHS release. One big difference is on the VHS, during the scene where Sada performs fellatio on Kichi, he says: "You're a remarkable woman", whereas on the DVD he says: "You're a strange girl" instead See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aída: El imperio del sinsentido (2006) See more »

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WOW just Wow
21 January 2020 | by mnwmSee all my reviews

I don't know how this DVD fell into my lap, but I finally watched it and Jesus is this a brave film or what. The director, writer and actor and actresses are so brave and avatgarde. Fearless. You will never look at sex, relationships and mistresses in the same way again!


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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