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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Ai no korîda (original title)
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima

Writer:

Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

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 Akiko Koyama ... Mansaki Geisha
Yuriko Azuma Yuriko Azuma ... Mitsuwa Geisha
Rei Minami Rei Minami ... Mitsuwa Geisha
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (2000 re-release) | (DVD) | (final) | (reconstructed version) (R-rated) (reconstructed)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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Trivia

Holds the record for most screenings at Cannes Film Festival (13). See more »

Quotes

Kichizo: I've got to pee. Okay with you?
Sada Abe: There's no need to leave. Do it here.
Kichizo: Where?
Sada Abe: Inside of Sada, all nice and warm.
Kichizo: You're mad! It's impossible to do both at the same time.
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Nagisa Oshima's legendarily explicit powerhouse!
14 July 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Banned in multiple nations around the world, infamous for its unapologetically graphic portrayal of extreme sexual desires and violent imagery, Nagisa Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses" is a film both beloved and dreaded by many. It has sparked debate and disturbance in equal measure, and remains one of the most fiercely erotic films ever made.

Shot with vibrant colors and often eye popping set design, the film tells a simple and tragic tale of two lustful lovers engaged in a relationship fueled by unstoppable erotic desires. Fearlessly, the film manages to portray acts of masochism and sexual "perversion" in a manner so frequent and provocative there is no wonder why it has caused so much argument and controversy. This is, without a doubt, an EXTREME film that features everything from eating food from a woman's vagina to an elderly lady being f*cked to LITERAL DEATH! This film is not afraid to drag the viewer along, slowly lowering them into the pits of "sexual Hell". It portrays the passionate relationship in a psychologically tormenting manner, one that surpasses the bloodiest slasher flick in terms of true horror. This is not a "fun" film to watch, and is no doubt not for most audiences; but those that can handle and look past the strong and sometimes flat out gross content will find a gemstone of cinematic erotica, psychological drama, and unconventional horror.


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