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In the Realm of the Senses [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1976]

Release Date:04/28/2009
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    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


    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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