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|
...Oshima has crafted an uncompromising portrait of obsessive sexual passion...
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+
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: 5/5 -- One of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Oshima's film widens and deepens the sensual realm. 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
Thirty-six years on, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES is still startlingly confrontational...
Sight and Sound
Rating: 4/5 -- It was made 33 years ago but Nagisa Oshima's doomed lust classic doesn't look in the least bit dusty. Quite the opposite. Full Review
London Evening Standard
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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