Oshima: The Realm Of The Senses Empire Of Passion

02/07/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 02/07/2007
  |  199 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Pair of scorching Japanese art-house dramas from director Nagisa Oshima. 'The Realm Of The Senses' (Ai No Corrida) (1976) netted Oshima a Best Director award at Cannes and follows a former prostitute who becomes a house servant in a story based on true-life events. Abe (Eiko Matsuda) is hired as servant - a step up from her life of prostitution in pre-war Japan. However, she promptly embarks upon an achingly erotic affair with the master of the house, Ishida -San (Tatsuya Fuji). The pair's boundless appetite for carnal congress consumes them both but becomes truly dangerous when it becomes the only thing they are interested in and begins to consume their very lives. The film's blistering climax is one of the most legendary and talked-about scenes in film history. 'Empire Of Passion' (1978) is Oshima's tale of a love triangle gone wrong in 1800s Japan. Village litter-carrier Gisaburo's (Takahiro Tamura) wife, Seki (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) is dissatisfied with her lot and embarks upon a steamy affair with Toyiji Tatsuya Fuji) a man a quarter decade her junior. The immature Toyiji, with the exuberance of youth, wants his older lady all to himself and together the lovebirds plot to off Gisaburo. They strangle him and dump the corpse in a well, telling the neighbours he's take off for a better life in Tokyo. It seems like the perfect crime until, three years later, rumblings of suspicion by locals and regular hauntings lead to the cops opening an investigation.