in about 100 words or less
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 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).