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In the Realm of the Senses

Eiko Matsuda  Actor Tatsuya Fuji  Actor Aoi Nakajima  Actor Yasuko Matsui  Actor Meika Seri  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Strong Sexual Content,Not For Children

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In the Realm of the Senses

UPC: 715515045018

Studio: Criterion

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Strong Sexual Content, Not For Children]

Summary: 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, Rovi

Category: Drama

Features: New Audio Commentary featuring the film critic Tony Rayns
New 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

In the Realm of the Senses

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/28/2009

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Vistavision

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- In the Realm of the Senses
1. Sada [4:02]
2. Old Customer [3:20]
3. Master Of The House [3:45]
4. First Time [3:34]
5. "Unusual Woman" [5:13]
6. Vision With Razor [2:31]
7. Arrival At The Inn [2:26]
8. A Wedding Ceremony [5:29]
9. "Acute Sensitivity" [4:01]
10. "It Knows You Want It" [3:21]
11. Manager Pays A Visit [2:39]
12. Sada Sees Her Patron [4:55]
13. "Slap Me" [4:57]
14. Sustenance [5:02]
15. Child's Play [2:39]
16. Kichi Sees His Wife [3:10]
17. Homecoming With Knife [4:04]
18. "Choke Me" [5:08]
19. Perverts [7:06]
20. The Outside World [2:47]
21. "Strangle Me" [6:33]
22. Approaching Death [2:29]
23. Permission [6:54]
24. "Together Forever" [6:03]
1. Color Bars [:00]

Jonathan Crow

Shocking in its graphic sexual content and riveting in its portrayal of passion run amok, Nagisa Oshima's brilliant, notorious Ai no Korrida is a cinematic landmark. No film up to that time had seriously explored the potent gray area between art and pornography; in so doing, Oshima exposed and overturned many of the conventions of both. Like vintage Luis Buñuel, Oshima skewers expectations of "proper" art by shocking the audience; instead of Buñuel's slashed eyeballs and cross-dressing lepers, Ai presents the viewer with the actual act of sex. Oshima also exposes the voyeurism inherent in both pornography and cinema in general: virtually every sex scene (and there are many) is either witnessed by a third party or photographed through a window, so that the audience itself feels like a witness. Moreover, Oshima overturns heterosexual pornography's prevailing convention of women's serving men by having Ai's female protagonist dominate her willingly submissive lover. This story was based on a sensational true tale in which an ex-prostitute turned maid wandered the streets of Tokyo, clutching the dismembered organ of her lover after a particularly ecstatic round of lovemaking. She was quickly elevated into a folk heroine for Japan's nascent feminist movement, and least two other films based on her were made: Noboru Tanaka's masterful Jitsuroku Abe Sada (1975) and Nobuhiko Obayashi's post-modern Sada (1998). In Ai, Oshima focuses on how Sada and her lover and boss Kichi transgress all social conventions, from the hierarchical relationship between servant and master to even the distinction between male and female (Kichi at one point wears a woman's kimono and, by the film's end, Sada has a penis). Though Ai no Korrida can be viewed as part of the pinku eiga genre that was quite popular in Japan at the time, its graphic sexual content sparked a number of landmark censorship lawsuits. Sadly, it has never been seen in its native country in its unexpurgated form, though the film did garner much acclaim abroad and cemented Oshima's international reputation as one of Japan's master filmmakers. Though it has accured the musty-sounding title "film classic," Ai no Korrida has lost none of its subversive power to incite, offend, disturb, and arouse. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Anatole Dauman  Producer 
Nagisa Oshima  Director 
Nagisa Oshima  Screenwriter 
Minoru Miki  Composer (Music Score) 
Eiko Matsuda  Actor 
Tatsuya Fuji  Actor 
Aoi Nakajima  Actor 
Yasuko Matsui  Actor 
Meika Seri  Actor 
Akiko Koyama  Actor 
Taiji Tonoyama  Actor 
Naomi Shiraishi  Actor 

Country: France,Japan