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In the Realm/Sens.

Tatsuya Fuji , Eiko Matsuda , Nagisa Ôshima    NC-17   DVD
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Nagisa Oshima's sensational, 1976 film concerns a woman (Eiko Matsuda) whose obsessive sexual relationship with her husband (Tatsuya Fuji) crosses the line from passion into the territory of life and death. One of the most sexually explicit films ever to play in mainstream theaters (though it did run into legal trouble both in the U.S. and Japan), it has an air of palpable doom, suggesting that sex can be a doorway to suicide. Lest this sound like grunge-era noodling over dreams of self-destruction, be assured that the Kyoto-born Oshima (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) takes a somewhat formal, middle-aged perspective on the conjunction of various mysteries of existence. --Tom Keogh

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Minded Erotica...... May 16 2004
Nagisa Oshima has achieved what few other directors have managed in dealing with the very touchy subject of sex, in this instance, with sexual obsession. If you plan to watch this movie for a cheap sexual thrill, you will be most disappointed. Oshima has drawn from a real incident reported in a 1936 Japanese newspaper. The film centers around the love between two people expressed physically, graphically, into realms of the senses where few dare to tread. And with good reason. This is a very intense film as it progresses from the attraction of two people through increasing experimentation in an effort not only to express their passion but to try to find the outer most limits of passion itself. Oshima must have had something metaphorical in mind but the journey as chronicled in the film also has retained the feel of the specifics. It's quirkey and eccentric. The backdrop of the story is as interesting as the story itself. It is an amazing spectacle to observe, giving the viewer a perspective on Japanese life not usually rendered but often alluded to in some historical accounts. One wonders what this experience must have been like for the actors. Oshima has managed what I have always believed should be done in order to treat the subject of sex fully and without shrinking from its' less savory aspects. This is serious minded erotica and quite unlike anything else on screen. The only other film I can recall that compares at all is "Taxi Zum Klo" which was autobiographical and starred a number of actual people playing themselves.Obviously a different catagory in that regard from what is going on here, but both films draw much of their power from explicitly sexual scenes without compromising the integrity of the story being told. This is a film experience that should not be missed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor DVD edition of a great movie Oct. 7 2003
By A Customer
The complaints about the Fox Lorber edition of this movie are unfortunately justified. 7-8 out of the original 104 minutes have been cut, reducing the movie to about 96-97 minutes. The movie is reproduced poorly in pan-scan. The scene access is haphazard and often into the middle of a scene and not the beginning (in short useless). The quality of the video transfer is not great, although I would have accepted that if it were not for the butchered editing and cuts.
7 minutes does not seem that serious until you realize the film is robbed of parts or entire scenes which made it shocking and unique (as well as almost banned) at the time. The jacket does not mention the cuts, and lists the original length of 104 minutes. I do not have any other Fox Lorber editions in my library, and this will not make me want to purchase others.
The movie is still shocking and fascinating in its portrayal of the main characters as well as the background against which it is set, but the cuts shorten and obscure the key scenes. Hard to say if I would consider the movie pornographic, or even erotic, but it certainly does not lose its impact even though 25 years have passed since I originally saw it when it made its original art-house appearance in the US.
I give it three stars only because of the original material, and not this DVD edition. This is a unique piece of moviemaking considering the original 1976-77 release date, and to my knowledge there is currently no better alternative in the US. I would suggest to anyone who decides to purchase this DVD to look up and read one of the detailed reviews and synopsis of the movie online, to get a better idea of the missing material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable drama Nov. 21 2010
By Argyle
This was one of the most erotic and fascinating movies I've ever seen. Traditional Japanese music combined with exquisite photography and superb acting make this love story a classic masterpiece. The fact that this tragedy is based on a true event that occurred in the 1930s made it even more exciting and astonishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Isaac July 1 2010
I first saw this film over 20 years ago. At that time, its graphic depictions of sexual activity were unheard of in a mainstream movie. And even now, in the age of a proliferation of internet porn, there is still nothing to compare, in main stream films, with the graphic sex scenes in this film.

That being said, if anything, this film might put you off of sex, not invite you to consider it. Sex becomes an obsession for the two main characters, taking over their lives completely, with devastating consequences.

The plot of the film is based on a real life incident in Japan, so when it was originally released, the Japanese public could most likely relate to it as an elaboration of "the news".

Beautifully filmed, unsettling, engaging. "In the Realm of the Senses" is a unique classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie... May 15 2004
I have to say that this movie is most certainly not one for everyone. That's quite obvious from it's NC-17 rating, and the fact that it was banned for quite some time.
But aside from that.... It's an interesting movie about obsession and sex. The characters don't really get too deep, and you don't necessarily feel much sympathy for them, but that's part of the point of the film. You're supposed to feel the obsession, and the fact that the two lovers really only ever have sex on their minds, that it's taken over their lives.
It's graphic, violent even, with tons of sex... But if you know what you're getting into and can look beyond just the simple act of sex, you might find it a worthwhile movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vile !
I can review this thing in 4 words:
Totally unerotic; unspeakably vile.
There, done it.
Published on March 28 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time or money
After reading some of the other reviews I was expecting a film that would leave me thinking about something of significance in life, even if was an extreme reaction to sexual... Read more
Published on May 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad acting at all, Maddona was right for once...
There is defintely a movie here and not just about sex. It's about passion and needing over coming ones mind, and I'm sure we've all felt that way at one time, of course maybe it... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars I HAVENT SEEN THIS YET...
Published on May 7 2004 by Christopher Satterwhite
4.0 out of 5 stars May Float Your Boat or Sink Your Ship
Many of you looking at this particular item might be well aware of foreign cinema, in all of it's delightfully un-Hollywood sentimentality. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by "syconinca"
1.0 out of 5 stars Pornography? It doesn't matter!
I don't want to try and write any kind of review about whether or not this movie is pornography. Frankly, it doesn't matter whether or not is pornographic in nature. Read more
Published on March 30 2004 by J. J. Chiappelli
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time
If you want to watch something erotic, save your money and get something else.
I find the self-righteousness and pretentiousness of Japanese cinema in general to be a bit of a... Read more
Published on March 19 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Explicit art
It was not, to be honest, one of the films in the world I have enjoyed the most. The Japanese fascination with pain is a bit odd to me. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Eolake
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