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In the Realm of the Senses (1976, D:Nagisa Oshima)

Old 04-28-15, 03:09 PM
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In the Realm of the Senses (1976, D:Nagisa Oshima)

It is a fictionalised and sexually explicit treatment of an incident from 1930s Japan, that of Sada Abe
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I've owned this thing on BD from Criterion for some time now. Probably 5 or 6 years. I don't even know why it caught my attention. I had known of the story of Sada Abe. Interesting tale, that one. Then hearing about THIS film's take on the story sort of took my interest. I don't watch porn nor care for it but seeing all stories about the issues this film had had in release and whatnot. Kept taking my interest.

To a point, I regret buying this film but it is a very interesting one. I think this one and Salo were the ones that have gotten my interest BECAUSE of its controversy. The latter though I still don't really care to watch but my film history obsession wants to see it at some point to put some personal contextual viewpoint for it.

I think this film though is pretty good, if not just interesting cuz of it's nature. Pacing and etc. I'm still iffy w/ it. Wildly odd at times, probably a culture thing. I'm still kind of chuckle cuz it is unsimulated sex but at the same time it's a very good looking film w/ an interesting story. Utilizing a conceptualization that easily makes it different. The things that irks me the most are some odd things in this movie. Specifically moments involving a crying boy and an elderly man. They're just so weird for me. Those two are etched into my mind cuz of how wrong, to me, they are.

Visually it is a very good looking film. The story is unique to me. The acting is also pretty good. Didn't expect that considering the sex. I thought it'd be one sided in some way but seems like the two leads did good. The use of sex is also something actually tells a lot for the film, for the most part. It's a film that always floats in my head due to it's nature.

Wanted to see what others here thought of it.

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I will give it props for being daring but to me it is not a good film. After a while the "controversial" material dominates the film and becomes so repetitive that it becomes boring. It seems to me that it's purpose was to piss off the Japanese censors by disguising pornography as an art film. If I want to see a film about dysfunctional sexual obsession where the sex does not overshadow the characters or the story, I'll take Last Tango In Paris.

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I'm a HUGE fan of the film. I think that it's probably the most honest depiction of sexual obsession that I've ever seen. I also find it kind of funny that Sada Abe became a celebrity after the events that are shown in the film. To give a relevant American example, it would be like
Lorena Bobbett making the rounds of the talk shows and competing on Dancing with the Stars.
Even though the film seems like it could be set in the 1800s, the actual events that the film is based on occurred in the mid-1930s.

Regarding the scene with the little boy, wasn't it relegated to the "deleted footage" section of the Criterion disc? I know that the Japanese VHS that I bought when I lived in Japan had the footage inserted into the film proper, but I seem to recall it being left out of the cut of the film on the Criterion blu-ray.

Incidentally, the VHS I bought in Japan was called "Ai no Corrida 2000," and it was the first time that the film had been legally released in its own country completely uncut. Of course, this being Japan, "uncut" doesn't mean "uncensored." There are still digital mosaics over all of the shots of genitalia, but there is no missing footage, and the mosaics use smaller tiles this time as well, so that the sex scenes don't look like they feature characters from Minecraft.
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Nope. The little boy was in the actual film.

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