In the Realm of the Senses

Thursday, July 27 - Monday, July 31, 2023

Screening on 35mm!

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. 

Screening as part of our series When the Lights Go Down: The Sex Scene

See a throuple of screenings in this series and save with a Ménage à Trois Pack!

  • Country Japan
  • Language Japanese with English Subtitles
  • Year 1976
  • Running Time 109 minutes
  • Format 35mm
  • Distributor Janus
  • Director Nagisa Ôshima
  • Cast Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima

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