In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses

Japan | 1976 | 102 min. | Nagisa Ôshima

January 25 - 30, 2022

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to an obsessive and ultimately destructive sexual relationship. Presented on 35mm.

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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.

MPAA Rating: NC-17

  • Director: Nagisa Ôshima
  • Principal Cast: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda
  • Country: Japan, France
  • Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 102 min.
  • Producer: Anatole Dauman
  • Screenplay: Nagisa Ôshima
  • Cinematographers: Hideo Itô
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes