In the Realm of the Senses

Directed by Nagisa Oshima
1976
France, Japan
102 minutes
R18+
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One of the most controversial films in cinema history, this uncompromising '70s study of sexual obsession from radical director Nagisa Oshima is based on a true incident.

A servant and former geisha, Sada (Eiko Matsuda), becomes sexually obsessed with her married employer, a businessman called Kizochi (Tatsuya Fuji). He in turn becomes captivated with her, until their every waking hour is spent making love. However, as the relationship intensifies, their sexual acts become more and more dangerous and aggressive, cumulating in a shockingly fatal undertaking. Oshima’s (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) taboo-breaking film, notorious for its actual sex scenes, was screened at the 1977 Sydney Film Festival, but was subsequently cut by the censors and given an R-rating. Decades after its initial release Ai No Korîda  (literally translated as ‘bullfight of love’) retains the power to provoke and offend.

Tickets are only available as a package of all 4 films in the All Night Cine-Love InYou must be 18+ to attend this event. There will be a short interval between each film.

Session times: 10pm: Eraserhead; 12:05am: In the Realm of the Senses; 2am: O Lucky Man!; 5:10am: Female Trouble

It has to be one of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Oshima's film widens and deepens the sensual realm.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Unsanitised, worryingly convincing in its sadomasochistic detail, this is seriously provocative cinema, a telling reminder of what it really means to be dangerous.
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

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Sun 9 June
12:05am
Dendy Newtown
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Program Strand
All Night Cine-Love In
Original Title
Ai No Korîda
Year
1976
Classification
R18+
Country
France, Japan
Language
In Japanese with English subtitles
Director
Nagisa Oshima
Producer
Anatole Dauman
Cast
Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda
Screenwriter
Nagisa Oshima
Cinematographer
Hideo Itô
Editor
Keiichi Uraoka, Patrick Sauvion
Genre
Gender & Sexuality, Asia, Cinephile, Retrospective
Company Credits
Print Source: Tamasa Distribution
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