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In the Realm of the Senses

Directed by Nagisa Oshima
France, Japan
102 minutes
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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: Eraserhead: 10pm; In The Realm of the Senses: 12:05am; O Lucky Man!: 2am; Female Trouble: 5:10am

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


Sun 9 June
Dendy Newtown 1
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Original Title
Ai No Korîda
France, Japan
In Japanese with English subtitles
Nagisa Oshima
Anatole Dauman
Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda
Nagisa Oshima
Hideo Itô
Keiichi Uraoka, Patrick Sauvion
Program Strand
All Night Cine-Love In
Company Credits
Print Source: Tamasa Distribution
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