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Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2010 by Argyle
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. Read morePublished on July 1 2010 by Isaac Sobol
I can review this thing in 4 words:
Totally unerotic; unspeakably vile.
There, done it.
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. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Victoria Fletcher
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 morePublished on May 15 2004
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 morePublished on May 9 2004 by Dan
....BUT I HAVE READ MOST OF THE REVIEWS...I THINK THE POINT I AM TRYING TO GET ACROSS IS THAT THIS WAS NOT MEANT TO BE A PORN...IT WAS MEANT TO BE ART... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Christopher Satterwhite
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 morePublished on March 30 2004 by jjcx
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