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Nagisa Ôshima

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no korîda)

110' - 1976 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Nagisa Ôshima Composer: Minoru Miki With: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aio Kajima, Meika Seri, Taiji Tonoyama, Hiroko Fuji
A married man and a geisha retreat from militarist Japan of 1936 into a world of their own where they obsessively act out their sexual fantasies. Finally, in a quest for the ultimate orgasm, she strangles and then castrates him. The story is based on an actual Japanese police case and cause célèbre in which a woman was found wandering the streets having apparently killed and mutilated her lover. The perpetrator of the crime because a national heroic figure symbolic of equal sexual rights. Oshima's first big commercial success was, for many, in the realm of pornography. For others, it was a serious treatment of the link between eroticism and death and an artistic breakthrough in the representation of explicit sex on screen.

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Nagisa Ôshima


Minoru Miki


Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aio Kajima, Meika Seri, Taiji Tonoyama, Hiroko Fuji


Nagisa Ôshima

Director of Photography

Hideo Ito, Kenichi Okamoto


Keiichi Uraoka


Anatole Dauman

Production studios

Argos Films

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Countries of production

Japan, France



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