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Empire of Passion (1978)

Ai no bôrei (original title)
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A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima

Writers:

Itoko Nakamura (story), Nagisa Ôshima
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tatsuya Fuji ... Toyoji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Seki
Takahiro Tamura ... Gisaburo
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani ... Inspector Hotta
Akiko Koyama Akiko Koyama ... Mother of Landowner
Taiji Tonoyama ... Toichiro
Sumie Sasaki Sumie Sasaki ... Odame
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura
Masami Hasegawa Masami Hasegawa ... Oshin
Kenzô Kawarasaki Kenzô Kawarasaki ... (as Kenzo Kawarazaki)
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Storyline

A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance. Written by Kevin Risch <krisch@intranet.on.ca>

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well | ghost | village | murder | japan | See All (43) »

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The haunting of a passionate love.

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Drama | Horror | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire of Passion See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the scene where Toyoji tries to break into the burning house by ramming the door down, Tatsuya Fuji tore three ligaments in his shoulder and dislocated his arm. Three days later, he was back on the set filming the scene where he was being hung from a tree and beaten, with his arm still in a sling (although removed between takes). See more »

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Haunting Ghost Story
10 March 2000 | by mike_pee123See all my reviews

In the Realm of the Senses is a beautifully filmed, well-written, and splendidly acted film. It tells the haunting story of a woman who kills her husband after falling in love with another man. The ghost of her husband continues to haunt her lond after his murder. This film is really good, anyone interested should definitely check it out.


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