In the Realm of the Senses (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc 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
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- 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
- Nagisa Oshima, Director - 1976
- Tatsuya Fuji, Actor
- Fuji Matsuda, Actor
- Eiko Matsuda,
- Hayao Shibata, Consulting Producer
- Koji Wakamatsu, Line Producer
- Yoichi Sai, Assistant Director
- Yoko Asakura, Film Distributor
- Booklet: Essay - Donald Richie, Film Scholar / Oshima Interview
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Eiko Matsuda & Tatsuya Fuji|
|Directed by||Nagisa Ôshima|
|Screenwriting by||Nagisa Ôshima|
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+
Thirty-six years on, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES is still startlingly confrontational...
Sight and Sound
REALM's escalating affair of sexual obsession takes place in 1936....[It] remains a genuine feat of hard-core eroticism.
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
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
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
This particular consideration of mutual possession which approaches and then transcends death is well-paced and, within story possibilities, -acted as well. Full Review
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
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.
- 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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