EMPIRE OF PASSION

EMPIRE OF PASSION

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Starring:
Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Takahiro Tamura

Director:
Nagisa Ôshima

Certificate:
18

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In feudal Japan a young soldier begins an intense affair with an older married woman. Driven by passion, obsession and jealousy they decide to violently murder her husband and dispose of the body in a nearby well. Claiming her husband is working away from home the couple carry on their affair in secret. Three years later her husband returns from the dead to haunt the illicit couple, feeding off their guilt and pushing them deeper into the dark realms of insanity.

With films such as Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Gohatto and the infamous In The Realm Of The Senses, director Nagisa Ôshima is one of the most celebrated and controversial figures in Japanese cinema. Made in 1978, Empire Of Passion is an atmospheric, unsettling and unforgettable experience. A huge influence on contemporary Asian horror, it has lost none of its beguiling power.


  • Sur Le Tournage: 2003 interview program featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai
  • Sex in Japanese Cinema: Critical discussion filmed at Birkbeck College by kind permission of the Centre of Media, Culture and Creative Practice