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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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3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Tatsuya Fuji ... Toyoji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Seki
Takahiro Tamura ... Gisaburo
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani ... Inspector Hotta
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

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 51st Academy Awards in 1979. See more »

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Featured in Music for the Movies: Tôru Takemitsu (1994) See more »

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A slight disappointment
1 May 2003 | by crazydiamond_azSee all my reviews

Well, I enjoyed "Ai no corrida" (Realm of Senses), and didn't expect much of this one. And I wasn't mistaken - it's boring. I like Oshima for his "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" and "Realm of Senses", but this film disappointed me. The plot is too forced, characters have no motivation. Pity.


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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Realm 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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