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In The Realm Of The Senses (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1976)

Tatsuya Fuji , Akiko Koyama , Nagisa Oshima  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Tatsuya Fuji, Akiko Koyama, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Meika Seri
  • Directors: Nagisa Oshima
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PYD0KW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In The Realm Of The Senses (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Oshima's erotic masterpiece. --Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone.

New, restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New audio commentary with film scholar Tony Rayns
New interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji
A 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer, Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko Asakura
Deleted footage
U.S. trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima

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122 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Minded Erotica...... December 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Nagisa Oshima has achieved what few other directors have managed in dealing with the very touchy subject of sex, in this instance, with sexual obsession. If you plan to watch this movie for a cheap sexual thrill, you will be most disappointed. Oshima has drawn from a real incident reported in a 1936 Japanese newspaper. The film centers around the love between two people expressed physically, graphically, into realms of the senses where few dare to tread. And with good reason. This is a very intense film as it progresses from the attraction of two people through increasing experimentation in an effort not only to express their passion but to try to find the outer most limits of passion itself. Oshima must have had something metaphorical in mind but the journey as chronicled in the film also has retained the feel of the specifics. It's quirkey and eccentric. The backdrop of the story is as interesting as the story itself. It is an amazing spectacle to observe, giving the viewer a perspective on Japanese life not usually rendered but often alluded to in some historical accounts. One wonders what this experience must have been like for the actors. Oshima has managed what I have always believed should be done in order to treat the subject of sex fully and without shrinking from its' less savory aspects. This is serious minded erotica and quite unlike anything else on screen. The only other film I can recall that compares at all is "Taxi Zum Klo" which was autobiographical and starred a number of actual people playing themselves.Obviously a different catagory in that regard from what is going on here, but both films draw much of their power from explicitly sexual scenes without compromising the integrity of the story being told. This is a film experience that should not be missed.
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144 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ASTOUNDING EROTICA..... October 21, 2002
This is an amazing film to watch. Not only is it beautifully filmed but the atmosphere is quite vivid in its' depiction of a Japanese servant girl who becomes mistress of the master of the house and sexually obsessed with their relationship. She leads him deeper into the sexual realm until it becomes the focus of both their lives. Their relationship becomes so intense that it can only lead to destruction. Film is extremely sexually graphic and to be honest, I wasn't even aware that I was watching "pornography" because the acting and story were so mesmerizing. By then, I didn't care because it wasn't offensive---just honest. The two leads are wonderful actors and they made me forget I was watching a supposedly one-time controversial film. The film is supposedly based on a true incident. The ending is shocking and depressing but that's allegedly what happened. I consider this film a classic and a must see for foreign film buffs. It's one of the most beautiful erotic love stories ever made and one of the most disturbing.
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180 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eroticism at its finest July 29, 2001
By Ken2001
This movie is probably the most erotic film that I've seen to date (pornos notwithstanding). It is a movie about obsession and what can happen when it gets out of control, something that this movie demonstrates well. However, I wished the movie had delved into the background of the characters, especially Sada's. If the audience watching this film knew about Sada's past, where she was raped and then outcaste by her wealthy family because of it, I think the audience would have a better understanding about the reason for Sada's behavior. Still, despite that and an undeveloped plot, the movie is still entertaining. However, if you want to see a more sanitized version of this story, which is based on an actual event that took place in Tokyo in 1936, then get "A Woman Called Sada Abe", which is available on both VHS and DVD. From what I've heard, it doesn't have nearly as much sex and nudity as "In the Realm of the Senses", which is a good thing for people who are easily offended by it. Personally, I liked the sex scenes, which I felt were tasteful and elegant, unlike what would normally be found in a pornographic movie. There was a lot of emotion displayed in those scenes, and that gave it a certain romantic, authentic dimension to it. For that reason alone, I will watch it again and again.
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a rock and a hard place April 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Amazon Verified Purchase
Fox-Lorber has devised a new level of cruelty for fans of this film. You can have a full-screen version with subtitles or a widescreen version with dubbing. What you need is a widescreen version with subtitles. The dubbing turns this dark parable into a sleazy porno film. The images are carefully and beautifully composed - you don't need them chopped up by pan and scan. In addition, the English language version (the only one I've seen) has horrible 'ghosting' along the edges of any high-contrast contour - it looks like it was dubbed from a poor over-the-air tv transmission! It's also slightly censored - not the version I saw overseas, anyway...Until someone offers a decent DVD version of this film, I recommend passing on these insultingly inferior transfers.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Woman Called Sada Abe" January 25, 2006
The first impression that this film left, from the very first scenes, were the immense amounts not only of full nudity but also explicit sexual intercourse. Considering that this film was made in 1976, even the most unconventional European art cinema is relatively mild if compared to this. In fact, some scenes were so realistic and so arousing, that it was difficult not to get turned on.

But besides the obvious sexual aspects, this film will continue to spark many controversies for years ahead. The ending of the film was so realistically done, with violently colored bloodstreams in horror film style that I wondered if the actor was permanently harmed.

Without any doubt In the Realm of Senses is not"porn" nor is it "art", it is instead a look into the depths of love that has become completely obsessive with no rules, and no boundaries. There have been many movies about obsessive love, but none of them compares to this one, maybe in part because this is a true story. The character Sada definitely holds the movie as the obsessive lover. It's a film about how our desires can withdraw us from society, reality, or even out own consciousness. We become so obsessed with life, material things, people, and our obsessions can kill us. We become voyeurs when watching this film. The director constantly challenges us to look and to see how the two main characters see each other. The film is a commentary on Japanese society, as we see a woman dominate a man sexually. He withdraws from his position in society and from the military dictatorship that runs Japan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SEX!
Actually didn't like it at all. Have you seen it? It's almost pornographic. Decidedly not my cup of tea Shockingly explicit.
Published 29 days ago by Anna Faith Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic sex
Graphically depicting close up love scenes that is a True story in Japan just before WWII with a surprising twist.
Published 1 month ago by George Sebrof
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Wasn't very good not really what I was looking for. I tried to get through it all but I just couldn't finish it.
Published 1 month ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable movie
not for the light hearted or politicaly correct.
this is quite frankly a unique movie... not porn , not a chaser -slasher... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Pierre
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Intense look at the consequences of extreme jealousy and insanity. An artfully made journey into the world of the senses.
Published 2 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars There is a difference
Some films are art house films. Those have a clear and strong psychological story/component and a lot of soft core sex such as The Piano Teacher or Hemel to name just a few. Read more
Published 3 months ago by smir5864
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is it still banned in Japan?
Graphic and alluring. Way ahead of its time. A very strong manly and feminine performance.of Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda,
Published 5 months ago by Kay Vacilon
3.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
Not what I expected. Very erotic, Sex scenes very graphic. Plot is sort of bland. If not for based on fact from the 30's, it would be just another sex movie.
Published 7 months ago by chris hollenbeck
3.0 out of 5 stars decent 70's porno bad 'mainstream' release
People reviewing this movie claimed it wasn't porn but artistic expression. After watching it I concluded that it had to be porn with 'real' actors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by OHYank
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done on bluray
The bluray quality is excellent, better than I expected.

It contains a bit more footage than the DVD version, and looks -much- better.
Published 8 months ago by BruceL
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I don't understand why Amazon does this; they put all reviews under all versions so you have no idea which one you are getting. The picture on the cover has "R' on it and if you note this is also "PAL, region 2", so I can't watch it. I want this DVD, but I will buy it from someone... Read more
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