Dans l'empire des sens

Dans l'empire des sens

In the realm of the senses

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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The story is based on the tabloid sensation of 1936, the fatal love affair of Sada Abe, a former geisha turned maid, and Kichizo Yoshida, the owner of the Tokyo ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) at which she worked. Abandoning his wife and his business, Kichizo gives himself up to two weeks of dissipation with Sada at a nearby inn, which climaxes in sadomasochistic love games--and his strangulation and mutilation. Kichizo is tired of life, of the militarism that has everywhere suppressed Eros in favor of Thanatos, and he and Sada are escaping, protesting, testing physical and psychological limits, while resisting a social order that condemns their actions and their very being
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2009
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781604651454
1604651458
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
digital,optical,mono
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: In the realm of the senses
Other Standard Identifier: 715515045018

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ms_paul
Sep 13, 2018

a gorgeous film. a love beyond boundaries.

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MartineVK
Mar 19, 2018

Remember seeing this in London with a friend. I'd seen good reviews of it in London Time Out. We thought it was going to be an erotic love story. Small theatre, totally packed. About 45 minutes in one patron inadvertently yawned loudly, and whole audience broke into laughter.
Such was the consensus of how boring this porno film is. Make no mistake, this is not erotic and the lady in question is put through abuse. Not a love story. Just schtupping.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Let's hope you have a high tolerance for friction. (And we're not talking about the emotional kind, either). Same two bodies goin' at it and goin' at it and goin' at it. If you've tried this at home, it's a bit more rewarding than sitting and watching it. Although it is extremely refreshing that all this screwing is not about pornography in the least. It's about obsession. What it is also about is voyeurism, as Oshima makes us a member of his supporting characters, who view these goings-on with varying reactions: fear, disgust, curiosity, interest, arousal, active participation. However, you will be tempted to say "enough already" long before the final "blow". My tipping point was the scene in which the hero finds a new kind of dipping bowl for his meal of mushrooms and noodles. (Needless to say that it might be a little awkward to bring it out for one's next cocktail party).

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mohandess
Sep 17, 2010

A movie well ahead of its time.
However, the screen writer could have done a better job.

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