In the Realm of Senses

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Nagisa Oshima


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Presented for the first time completely uncut in the U.K., world renowned director Nagisa Ôshima’s In the Realm of the Senses is one of the most controversial films ever made. When it was first released in 1976, the film was banned in the U.S., given a limited release in the U.K. and is still censored in Japan. Unlike any film you have ever experienced, In the Realm of the Senses is a masterpiece notorious for its graphic sexual content, scandalous subject matter and unforgettable climax.

Based on one of the most shocking true stories to hit Japan, In the Realm of the Senses tells the story of Sade Abe, a former prostitute working as a hotel maid in Tokyo in 1936. When Sade begins a torrid affair with the owner, they become completely infatuated with each other. Their increasingly experimental sexual encounters spiral into an all-consuming, obsessive and destructive love affair where even life is worth sacrificing.

  • Recalling the Film: 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai and distributor Yoko Asakura
  • Sex in Japanese Cinema: Critical discussion filmed at Birkbeck College by kind permission of the Centre of Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • Once Upon a Time.... In the Realm of the Senses
  • Deleted scenes