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
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Actress Eiko Matsuda, who played Sada Abe, received hostile treatment from the public in Japan after the film came out. She eventually decided to move to France. Her co-star, Tatsuya Fuji, eventually regained his career after a period of two years without any job offers. See more »
I've got to pee. Okay with you?
There's no need to leave. Do it here.
Inside of Sada, all nice and warm.
You're mad! It's impossible to do both at the same time.
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When UK censor James Ferman first saw the film in 1976 he suggested that it could be shown in licensed cinema clubs after the scene where a young boy's penis is yanked by Sada had been removed completely to comply with the Protection of Children Act. It was not officially submitted for UK cinema release until 1991 due to the film's graphic sexual nature and, although this print was fully uncut in terms of sexual footage, it featured an optical edit during the scene with the boy. Instead of removing the scene Ferman cropped off the bottom and far right of the screen, thus allowing the audience to realize the instability of Sada's character while removing the offending shot. The film first received a home video/DVD release in 2000 by Nouveaux and this print retained the optical edit, though the print itself was a shorter version and missed 6 minutes 15 secs of assorted dialogue and footage (the sexual footage remained uncut). The 2009 UK cinema reissue again featured the shorter print though this version cuts out the scene with the misbehaving child completely. See more »
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES explores sexual obsession and the extremes to which it drives the characters. I saw the uncut version,readily available at the Cleveland Public Library. It was indeed sexually graphic,reaching a point where the act seems to be driven by a kind of symbiosis that can only culminate in one way. The ending is one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen in a movie. Do not confuse
this movie with the vastly inferior IN THE REALM OF PASSION.
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