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In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses

Eiko Matsuda
Director: Nagisa Oshima Cast: Eiko Matsuda
Eiko Matsuda
, Tatsuya Fuji
Tatsuya Fuji
, Aoi Nakajima
Aoi Nakajima
Nagisa Oshima


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Based upon a true incident in 1930s Japan, Nagisa Oshima's controversial film effectively skirts the borderline between pornography and art -- making Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris of four years earlier look like children's programming in comparison. The story concerns servant and former prostitute Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda) who becomes sexually obsessed with her employer Kizicho (Tatsuya Fuji), a businessman, after seeing him making love to his wife. After making love to Sada, Kizicho becomes obsessed with her as well. As their love-making becomes more and more intense, they find themselves unable to separate themselves from each other, until every waking hour is spent in more and more dangerous sexual acts with Sada becoming more and more of the aggressor. Finally, for the ultimate in eroticism, Kizicho agrees to be strangled during sexual ecstasy for the ultimate in orgasmic fulfillment.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
UPC: 0715515045315
Original Release: 1976
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 223

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version, with uncompressed monoaural soundtrack; ; New Audio Commentary featuring film critic Tony Rayns; New Interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji; A 1976 Interview with Director Nagisa Oshima and Actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, Line Producer Koji Wakamatsu, Assistant Director Yoichi Sai, and Film Distributor and US Trailer; ; Deleted footage and US Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eiko Matsuda Sada
Tatsuya Fuji Kichi-zo
Aoi Nakajima Toku
Yasuko Matsui Manageress of Inn
Meika Seri Geisha
Akiko Koyama Geisha
Taiji Tonoyama Old Beggar
Naomi Shiraishi Geisha Yaeji

Technical Credits
Nagisa Oshima Director,Screenwriter
Anatole Dauman Producer
Terumi Hosoishi Special Effects
Hideo Ito Cinematographer
Minoru Miki Score Composer
Yoichi Sai Asst. Director
Shigenori Shimoishizaka Set Decoration/Design
Jusho Toda Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Keiichi Uraoka Editor

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