In The Realm Of The Senses – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1976) *NEW*

In The Realm Of The Senses – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1976) *NEW*


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.

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A former prostitute (Eiko Matsuda), now working as a servant, begins a torrid affair with her married employer (Tatsuya Fuji).
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Japanese theatrical poster
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
Produced by Anatole Dauman
Written by Nagisa Oshima
Starring Eiko Matsuda
Tatsuya Fuji
Music by Minoru Miki
Cinematography Hideo Ito
Edited by Keiichi Uraoka
Argos Films
Oshima Productions
Distributed by Argos Films
Release date
  • 15 September 1976(France)
  • 16 October 1976 (Japan)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office 1,424,906 kr

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New audio commentary with film scholar Tony Rayns
  • New interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji
  • A 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer, Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko Asakura
  • Deleted footage
  • U.S. trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima