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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Japan/France 108m, Colour
Director: Nagisa Oshima; Cast: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji,Aoi Nakajima,Yasuko Matsui,Meika Seri,Kanae Kobayashi,Taiji Tonoyama,Kyôji Kokonoe,Naomi Shiraishi, Komikichi Hori

in the Realm of the SensesIn the Realm of the Senses is a real-life fatal attraction that is based on a true story set in pre-war Japan. The story involves a man and one of his servants who begin a sexual affair that quickly evolves into torrid sexual obsession with fatal consequences. In its portrayal of explicit sexual acts, many of which are not simulated, this film was widely banned as pornographic. As a story about sexual obsession, the film’s explicitness does deepen its impact, as Sada and Kichizō’s relationship evolves from tender and sensual, to erotic and horrifying. Though there are a number of shocking films on the 1001 list, this may be the most unforgettable of them all (Klaus Ming March 2016).


2 comments on “In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

  1. SJHoneywell

    You liked this far more than I did. I though this was little more than porn for people who want to pretend they’re watching art.

    Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

    • Klaus

      Almost 900 films into the list, I am surprised that i’m still finding films that shock me, and this one was no exception! I had no idea the extent and explicitness of the sex. What was more shocking, however, is the fact that this was based on a true story – something else I hadn’t realized.

      When it was over I spent a couple hours reading the the historical accounts. Fascinating stuff, and I think that the film did the story justice. Can’t say i’ll be re-watching any time soon, but I can see why it was included on the list.

      And for a change of pace, i’m watching a Mary Pickford film tonight! 😉

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