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Empire of Passion ()

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.

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Toyoji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Seki
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Gisaburo
Takuzô Kawatani ...
Inspector Hotta
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Mother of Landowner
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Toichiro
Sumie Sasaki ...
Odame
Eizô Kitamura
Masami Hasegawa ...
Oshin
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
(as Kenzo Kawarazaki)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akiyoshi Fujiwara ...
(uncredited)
Tatsuya Kimura ...
(uncredited)
Osugi ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Takaaki Sugiura ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Nagisa Ôshima

Written by

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Itoko Nakamura ... (story)
 
Nagisa Ôshima ... (writer)

Produced by

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Anatole Dauman ... producer

Music by

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Tôru Takemitsu

Cinematography by

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Yoshio Miyajima

Film Editing by

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Keiichi Uraoka

Set Decoration by

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Jusho Toda

Production Management

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Shigeru Wakatsuki ... production manager

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Alex Pront ... sound recordist
Tetsuo Yasuda ... sound recordist

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Kenichi Okamoto ... gaffer

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Kôji Wakamatsu ... with the cooperation of

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The haunting of a passionate love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 愛の亡霊 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Fantôme amour (France)
  • L'empire de la passion (France)
  • Empire of Passion (World-wide, English title)
  • In the Realm of Passion (United States)
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  • 105 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Man Who Left His Soul on Film (1984). See more »

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