In the Realm of the Senses NC-17

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: NC-17
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 28, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1976
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - Japanese
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes: Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Tony Rayns, Film Scholar
    • Trailers: U.S. Trailer
    • Interviews:
      1. Nagisa Oshima, Director - 1976
      2. Tatsuya Fuji, Actor
      3. Fuji Matsuda, Actor
      4. Eiko Matsuda,
      5. Hayao Shibata, Consulting Producer
      6. Koji Wakamatsu, Line Producer
      7. Yoichi Sai, Assistant Director
      8. Yoko Asakura, Film Distributor
  • Additional Products:
    • Booklet: Essay - Donald Richie, Film Scholar / Oshima Interview

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Directed by
Screenwriting by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 36


User Ratings: 5,935
In the Realm of the Senses remains one of the great erotic art films, and it retains 100% of its ability to shock and scandalize audiences today, every bit as it did in 1976. Full Review
Sep 24, 2018
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES still has plenty of shock value...but there's a complexity and progression to the sex scenes that say more about this relationship than dialogue ever could. -- Grade: B+
A.V. Club
May 27, 2009
Rating: 5/5 -- As the soundtrack moans in sympathy while the deep crimson colours dazzle in delirium, the entire movie comes desperately close to approximating the pell-mell emotional turmoil of sex itself. Not porn, sex. Full Review
Times (UK)
Aug 29, 2009
Rating: 5/5 -- One of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Oshima's film widens and deepens the sensual realm. Full Review
Aug 29, 2009
Time and space are suspended in [director Nagisa] Oshima's beautiful images. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Oct 23, 2019
Rating: 2/5 -- Declaring yourself bored by a movie full of explicit sex may sometimes mark you out as a dreary pseudo-sophisticate, but in this case it's fair enough. Full Review
Times (UK)
Sep 1, 2009
The cinematography, mise-en-scène, and music respond to the solid and unitary idea of the film. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 8, 2019

Product Description:

In 1936, in the midst of rising Japanese militarism, a former prostitute, Sada, goes to work as a maid in a brothel. The house's handsome owner, Kichizo, soon begins to court her, and Sada eagerly returns his attentions. Their subsequent affair and constant lovemaking grow more and more intense, and their sexual obsession threatens to destroy them both. Nagisa Oshima's long-awaited erotic Japanese masterpiece (initially banned from the New York Film Festival in 1976) is finally available. Contains highly explicit content, recommended for adult audiences only.

Product Description:

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


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: July 17, 1977.
  • Film was to have been screened at the 1976 New York Film Festival, but was seized and banned by United States Customs officials in October 1976 due to its graphic sex scenes. It opened in New York City on July 17, 1977, after the ban was reversed.
  • Rereleased theatrically in New York City, for the film's 20th anniversary, in a new 35mm print July 12, 1996.

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