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In the Realm of the Senses (Criterion) (1976)

Cast: Eiko Matsuda, Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji, more...
Director: Nagisa Oshima, Nagisa Oshima
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Japan, Erotica
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Based upon a true incident in 1930s Japan, Nagisa Oshima's controversial film effectively skirts the borderline between pornography and art -- making Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris of four years earlier look like children's programming in comparison. The story concerns servant and former prostitute Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda) who becomes sexually obsessed with her employer Kizicho (Tatsuya Fuji), a businessman, after seeing him making love to his wife. After making love to Sada, Kizicho becomes obsessed with her as well. As their love-making becomes more and more intense, they find themselves unable to separate themselves from each other, until every waking hour is spent in more and more dangerous sexual acts with Sada becoming more and more of the aggressor. Finally, for the ultimate in eroticism, Kizicho agrees to be strangled during sexual ecstasy for the ultimate in orgasmic fulfillment. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Holy bat shit carzy off the deep end! by jpurdom June 2, 2012 - 7:53 PM PDT
I disapprove of this movie on multiple levels. As on reviewer commented, it should not be considered for any date... I would actually say it should not be considered ever. The acting is good, the sex is constant but seriously... wtf? The editing is so poor that we never knew what the hell was going on. Scenes jumped around. We spent more time trying to figure out where they were at rather than watching the movie. And whatever happened to the fist wife?

As for the ending... If you choose to watch this film, and I recommend you don't, please turn it off 15min before it ends. Just pretend that the live a happy life together, for the rest of their lives. Don't even wonder how it ends... just... for the love of god, don't.

not your typical erotica by wb1831 October 5, 2006 - 12:17 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is not typical "Erotica". This movie is actually a sexually explicit drama, and not suitable for inclusion in a romantic evening with one's significant other. One reviewer advises not to view this movie on a first date -- i advise not to consider this movie suitable for any date.

The movie has a very shocking ending. so much so that my wife refused to watch the final scene.

The director's bizarre decision to include actual footage of naked pre-school-age children being fondled by an adult did nothing for the story line and even if it had aided the story line, the director could have found more socially appropriate ways to film it.

on another note, the clunky film editing forces the viewer to make certain inferences that may or may not become clear later in the film. (i.e. are they in a hotel or another room of their house? etc.)

on still another note, i found the plot, story line, and cinemetography to be engaging (notwithstanding the above discussion), hence the rating of 7.

Amazing by NBoeger July 6, 2006 - 2:57 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

This movie is not borderline anything. It is pornographic, disturbing, wicked, and excellent. Love is a tricky thing and sex is even tricker. Some men fear being consumed by women, and in Japan this is an old myth. This movie shows how a women can consume a man. Almost every language has words like succubus. And this movie is a good example of how such words came to be.

Mind you, this movie is not for the faint of heart. I would also not recommend watching it on a first date. However, if you have time and an open mind, sit back, sip some Sake, and enjoy.

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