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Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by the always provocative 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.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic Tony Rayns 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
studio:
  • CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
  • 102 mins approx
Director:
  • Nagisa Oshima
Certificate:
  • 18
Region:
  • B
Brand:
  • The Criterion Collection

In The Realm Of The Senses - The Criterion Collection

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Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by the always provocative 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.

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete, uncensored version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack 
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic Tony Rayns 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
studio:
  • CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
  • 102 mins approx
Director:
  • Nagisa Oshima
Certificate:
  • 18
Region:
  • B
Brand:
  • The Criterion Collection

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A controversial masterpiece

The film was very controversial when it first came out, and in quite a few countries it was banned for decades, at least in uncensored form. That's a shame because this film is truly a cinematic masterpiece from a auteur film maker. Based the true story of Sada Abe, the film is a provocative and unflinching exploration of desire, sensuality and dangerous obsession.

Cult movie and great release

As you would expect from Criterion, this is a great release and a very well done presentation of the cult Japanese movie, featuring also a booklet with an essay and interview with the film director.