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Nagisa Ôshima

Empire of Passion (Ai no borei)

Edition 1979
105' - 1978 - Drama, Horror, Romance - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Nagisa Ôshima Composer: Tôru Takemitsu With: Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura
A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.

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Nagisa Ôshima


Tôru Takemitsu


Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura


Nagisa Ôshima

Director of Photography

Yoshio Miyajima


Keiichi Uraoka


Anatole Dauman

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Countries of production

Japan, France

Screenplay based on

"Empire of Passion" (Itoko Nakamura)



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