In the Realm of the Senses ( Ai no corrida ) ( Empire of the Senses )
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By the end you amy well be torn between wanting the type of relationship portrayed and never wanting sex again! The film takes us to that deep and scarey place inside ourselves that few acknowledge and even fewer ever visit.
It happened in 1936, at a time when such actions becoming public would normally shock any society. Abe however was treated with mercy (given her fragile mental state), and after the initial shock died down, she became quite a female hero in her country.
I'm frankly appalled by some reviews I've read in other places that compare this to legal porn and nothing more, as they are totally missing the point of it!
Even if you had never seen any other film in your life, you could see the technical and emotional effort that goes into making a film like this compared to "cheap porn".
In fact, the two lead actors were quite negatively affected emotionally and physically, (yes, they really did begin to waste away like that, they were mentally damaged by the experience, which proves the devotion they had to portraying their characters well).
You cannot tell a true story without showing events that really happened, so the sex scenes you see, (which were not faked by the way...well, apart from the asphyxiation obviously) were necessary to show the depth of the obsession that had formed between the couple. Unlike films like 9 Songs, which include such things, and then shout about the "realness" of the pointless sex scenes, just to get attention for their otherwise cowardly, artless film.
Ai No Corrida (In The Realm Of The Senses...how it's known in Japan, and how you may find it written on the DVD case) is beautifully shot, the music is perfect and unobtrusive, the actors genuinely brave and the fact that the story is true makes the things you see even more touching.
Forget the typically Western reactions you will have read in newspapers and magazines when this was at last released after 32 years in 2001, and open your mind to a touching true story.
The whole film is in fact a fascinating love story. It is based on a true story about what any normal person would call insanity but Nagisa Ôshima manages so well to show us their own logic that the whole thing becomes a mixture of beauty and terror.
The Blu Ray transfer is perfect, both sound and image and this is the uncensored version.
If you are easily offended then stay away, but if you like challenging and artistic films that stay with you for a long time then this should be on the top of your list.
The actors are extremely convincing, even taking into account the poker-faced, non-expression that the japanese seem to practise. You see them spiralling down, further and further into the danger of addiction, of it never being enough, always needing more, a heftier kick. A gigantic itch that gets worse the more you scratch. It is so terribly sad because you know they will destroy each other with their love and desire and there's nothing you, or they can do to stop it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a challenging film, very explicit though as its a true story, I feel its all entirely in context totally honest and for sure worth seeing.Published 4 months ago by David J. Thomas
Don't waste your money on this British version, it's been cut to pieces loosing the plot!Published 7 months ago by .kramsie
Finally got round to seeing this Japanese classic erotic movie. Actually the drama was really good as the sex is only a small part of the drama.Published 8 months ago by Jayke1981
Excellent HD transfer and very good picture quality. As to the explicit contents, it is as expected from the decades of comments and discussions about it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. C. Tong
This is a classic film for serious filmgoers. Not to everybody's taste but a classic all the same. Delivered quickly in good packaging.Published 17 months ago by brian watkins
On the surface the film looks pornographic and is meant to look this way. It wants to show the extremes of sexual passion and what can happen psychologically to people caught up in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. L. Sievert