In the Realm of the Senses [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [Japanese] [1976]

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Special Features

  • New Audio Commentary featuring the 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 Yoko Asakura
  • Deleted footage and U.S. Trailer
  • Plus, a booklet featuring an essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima


In the Realm of the Senses
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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Eiko Matsuda - Sada
  • Tatsuya Fuji
    Tatsuya Fuji - Kichi-zo
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    Aoi Nakajima - Toku
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    Yasuko Matsui - Manageress of Inn
  • Akiko Koyama
    Akiko Koyama - Geisha
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