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Declared obscene in Japan, where it has never been shown in its entirety, Oshima Nagisa's In the Realm of the Senses, was shown uncut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976: thirteen screenings were required to satisfy audience demand. The unprecedented explicitness with which the film presented sexual acts inevitably caused widespread controversy. But this is not a film which sets out simply to shock. Oshima's account of a couple whose sexual obsession finds its ultimate expression in murder (based on a notorious true-life incident in 1936 Tokyo) was animated by deep political convictions. As Joan Mellen explains, Oshima wished to break with social conventions as well as the film-making culture of the past. He took a revolutionary position. Refusing to follow the lead of the masters who had gone before him (Mizoguchi, Ozu, Naruse, Kurosawa), disdaining costume drama and poignant family portraits, Oshima attacked the sense of victimhood he saw everywhere in his country's psychic make-up. In the Realm of the Senses is the fullest expression of this political intent. Oshima's lovers seek to combat social repression through sexual transgression--but they fail.


In this work, Joan Mellen analyses 'In the Realm of the Senses', the controversial film which caused a sensation at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

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Joan Mellen is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University and author of Seven Samurai (BFI, 2002).

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grider84, August 23, 2008 (view all comments by grider84)
If this is a book, I've never read it but I sure saw the movie!

They say that the movie was not intended to shock...but it sure SHOCKED the hell out of me!!!

If you look it up at Wikipedia, you'll notice that it says "unsimulated sex". Please, please, please take note of that, because the sex in the movie is exactly that: unsimulated.

I'm not sure about the character the male actor plays, but the character of the female actor did indeed exist, and she did indeed do the shocking things she did at the very end of the film.

The movie seems very much like a porno with a very thin storyline. Almost every single scene in the movie contains sex to a varying degree. You'll either be grossed out or turned on, and you'll have to be the most perverted of perverts to be turned on by the sex.

I'm in no way trying to bring this strongly sexual film down, but just be cautious when watching this. And I'd advise you NOT TO EAT ANYTHING WHILE WATCHING!!!

I tried (I was eating chocolate ice cream), but I had to stop watching and finish it up before resuming the film.
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