In The Realm Of The Senses (1976) & Empire Of Passion (1978)

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In The Realm Of The Senses (1976) & Empire Of Passion (1978) £14.63

For the first time in our Sensual Sinema collection, we are releasing a double feature. This volume (#3) includes Nagisa Ōshima's In the Realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of the Passions (1978) – with limited O-ring packaging, special features and artwork.

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Banned around the world, Oshima's extraordinary tale of sexual obsession remains equally shocking over 30 years since it's notorious release - this explicit study of love and death was so controversial in Japan that cans of film were smuggled to France to be processed.

Set in 1936, Oshima's erotic masterpiece tells the story of Sada (Eiko Matsuda), a beautiful young geisha who draws the attention of the handsome Kichizo (Tatsuya Fuji), a brothel owner's arrogant, sexually prodigious husband. Oblivious to a brutal war unfolding around them, the couple's initial flirtation soon turns to all-consuming passion, a frenzied and fatal love-making rite. As the New York Times wrote: "Tatsuya Fuji has a haunting gentleness and passivity as he comes to recognise his destiny: to be literally loved to death."

Oshima's masterwork combines gorgeous cinematography, brilliant performances and incendiary erotic power.

Director: Nagisa Ōshima
Cast: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima


  • "Cinema and Censorship: The films of Nagisa Oshima": a discussion with Melbourne based filmmaker and writer Solrun Hoaas
  • "Recalling the Film" featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • "Sur Le Tournage (On Set)” featurette

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