In the Realm of the Senses Reviews

  • Apr 15, 2021

    Just go to end if want see Little Blobbo cut off.

    Just go to end if want see Little Blobbo cut off.

  • Feb 19, 2021

    I confess that when I heard about the film "In the Realm of the Senses" by Nagisa Oshima (1976) I was still a young man of 15 years old and therefore I still haven't been able to watch this film that had been initially censored by over 18 years old. I remember that it was on display in my city for almost 7 consecutive years and the audience was usually only men. Much time has passed and I confess that I was never very curious, as a young man, to watch this type of film. Thanks to the Criterion Collection that put this title a few years ago on Blu-ray was when I happily started to understand all the controversy caused at the time by this film. As a result, I felt more intelligently prepared for this diversion from deflecting my mind from permissive thoughts that perhaps could divert my attention from history. That was very difficult. After all, I am human and the mind fed by the sensual images of the beginning of history perversely reached me ... but that's ok, I thought: "This is part of this experience". At first it was pure excitement in every way you can imagine, especially with 45 minutes of film. Later, I'm already paying attention and this strange story that I can't even get distracted by other things. The film begins to show its power after an hour and fifteen minutes I already feel mesmerized by the story and that excitement of the first scenes no longer exists when I realize that, in my mind, all that passion of the main characters of the film absorbs me from an uncomfortably and disturbingly sexual. However in the end I would feel completely shaken and sex doesn't even cross my mind anymore. The story is based on real events that took place in 1936 in Japan in which a "geisha" Sada Abe and her lover Kichizo Ishida who had a sexual relationship across extreme limits. Director Nagisa Oshima, who knew the story well, was well known to all Japanese people - he was looking for funding for the project and got through the contacts in France the interest of the producer Anatole Dauman who was familiar with Oshima's films and gave the go-ahead for the production. In absolute secrecy and fearing his own arrest in Japan for directing a pornographic film since he decided that his actors would rather have real sexual relations in front of the cameras, the director chose to shoot in Kyoto and thus circumvent possible problems with the severe censorship in Japan. Japan. To this day, the Japanese have not seen the uncensored version of this film. The magic and power of the film is really not the work of Eiko Matsuda (Sada Abe) and Tatsuya Fuji (Kichi). Why? If the two actors did not have chemistry for each other the film would only become another pornographic film and nothing more. What differs from this film is the dedication of the director and the actors who have committed themselves to the story, thus making everything work and the film becoming "Art". At the end of my experience watching this film I felt soberly intoxicated by images that were both sensual and deeply disturbing. Perhaps this film is the only one that in detail shows the process of sexual evolution and the search for a form of supreme pleasure that favors human understanding and goes hand in hand with madness. This film is certainly not for the faint of heart to watch until the end. But if you open your mind to a certain level, I believe this film will win you over for the strangest reasons that only you will be able to know and recognize. I do not believe that Oshima wanted to become in any way a pioneer in the more elaborate treatment from the visual point of view in order to promote himself at a higher level as a director. I think he simply knew that he would be able to tell such a provocative and controversial story in a simple, honest and effective way. As he also knew that he would find a critical and eclectic audience that would bore him in choosing his method of filming. He achieved two things to make this film a reality and makes it almost unique in Japanese and perhaps worldwide cinema history. Other directors have tried this and few have succeeded because they have fallen into the traps of basic pornography. Oshima came out more respected and better director with this experience. This is no small feat. DN

    I confess that when I heard about the film "In the Realm of the Senses" by Nagisa Oshima (1976) I was still a young man of 15 years old and therefore I still haven't been able to watch this film that had been initially censored by over 18 years old. I remember that it was on display in my city for almost 7 consecutive years and the audience was usually only men. Much time has passed and I confess that I was never very curious, as a young man, to watch this type of film. Thanks to the Criterion Collection that put this title a few years ago on Blu-ray was when I happily started to understand all the controversy caused at the time by this film. As a result, I felt more intelligently prepared for this diversion from deflecting my mind from permissive thoughts that perhaps could divert my attention from history. That was very difficult. After all, I am human and the mind fed by the sensual images of the beginning of history perversely reached me ... but that's ok, I thought: "This is part of this experience". At first it was pure excitement in every way you can imagine, especially with 45 minutes of film. Later, I'm already paying attention and this strange story that I can't even get distracted by other things. The film begins to show its power after an hour and fifteen minutes I already feel mesmerized by the story and that excitement of the first scenes no longer exists when I realize that, in my mind, all that passion of the main characters of the film absorbs me from an uncomfortably and disturbingly sexual. However in the end I would feel completely shaken and sex doesn't even cross my mind anymore. The story is based on real events that took place in 1936 in Japan in which a "geisha" Sada Abe and her lover Kichizo Ishida who had a sexual relationship across extreme limits. Director Nagisa Oshima, who knew the story well, was well known to all Japanese people - he was looking for funding for the project and got through the contacts in France the interest of the producer Anatole Dauman who was familiar with Oshima's films and gave the go-ahead for the production. In absolute secrecy and fearing his own arrest in Japan for directing a pornographic film since he decided that his actors would rather have real sexual relations in front of the cameras, the director chose to shoot in Kyoto and thus circumvent possible problems with the severe censorship in Japan. Japan. To this day, the Japanese have not seen the uncensored version of this film. The magic and power of the film is really not the work of Eiko Matsuda (Sada Abe) and Tatsuya Fuji (Kichi). Why? If the two actors did not have chemistry for each other the film would only become another pornographic film and nothing more. What differs from this film is the dedication of the director and the actors who have committed themselves to the story, thus making everything work and the film becoming "Art". At the end of my experience watching this film I felt soberly intoxicated by images that were both sensual and deeply disturbing. Perhaps this film is the only one that in detail shows the process of sexual evolution and the search for a form of supreme pleasure that favors human understanding and goes hand in hand with madness. This film is certainly not for the faint of heart to watch until the end. But if you open your mind to a certain level, I believe this film will win you over for the strangest reasons that only you will be able to know and recognize. I do not believe that Oshima wanted to become in any way a pioneer in the more elaborate treatment from the visual point of view in order to promote himself at a higher level as a director. I think he simply knew that he would be able to tell such a provocative and controversial story in a simple, honest and effective way. As he also knew that he would find a critical and eclectic audience that would bore him in choosing his method of filming. He achieved two things to make this film a reality and makes it almost unique in Japanese and perhaps worldwide cinema history. Other directors have tried this and few have succeeded because they have fallen into the traps of basic pornography. Oshima came out more respected and better director with this experience. This is no small feat. DN

  • Jan 01, 2021

    Much to my surprise this is a true story. I think the film would have been much better if it had spent more time exploring the characters than on the explicit sex scenes.

    Much to my surprise this is a true story. I think the film would have been much better if it had spent more time exploring the characters than on the explicit sex scenes.

  • Feb 24, 2020

    A master piece in every sense, a great lesson to the decaying western film industry: while breaking all the taboos, making a great piece of art.

    A master piece in every sense, a great lesson to the decaying western film industry: while breaking all the taboos, making a great piece of art.

  • Jul 12, 2018

    The most disgusting movie I've ever seen, and you can't comfort yourself by saying, "it's only a movie" because practically all the depravity is unsimulated. Ick....

    The most disgusting movie I've ever seen, and you can't comfort yourself by saying, "it's only a movie" because practically all the depravity is unsimulated. Ick....

  • Oct 03, 2017

    One of the few films that I actually almost can't get through regarding uncomfortable sex and violence, and that's saying a lot for me. This film has a point to get across but I don't think most people will care given how forcefully and intolerably graphic every scene is. How they made this movie is beyond me.

    One of the few films that I actually almost can't get through regarding uncomfortable sex and violence, and that's saying a lot for me. This film has a point to get across but I don't think most people will care given how forcefully and intolerably graphic every scene is. How they made this movie is beyond me.

  • Apr 15, 2017

    I didn't like this movie. Movie about a woman who is obsessed about sex and a man who couldn't say no to her. The only plus of this movie is its honesty in depicting emotions.

    I didn't like this movie. Movie about a woman who is obsessed about sex and a man who couldn't say no to her. The only plus of this movie is its honesty in depicting emotions.

  • Mar 15, 2017

    Kuch bhi? Pure tatti. Anything! Pure poop! -VMT

    Kuch bhi? Pure tatti. Anything! Pure poop! -VMT

  • Dec 29, 2016

    Banned for a long time, known as a pretty extreme art-film, also based on a true story. This is sat in pre-war Japan, and a man and one of his servants begin a passionate affair. I'm guessing there's never three minutes without sex or nudity here. Often rather nasty sensual stuff too Some sweet dialogue and one-liners, beautiful and often warm. This is not only nastiness, this is the full scale from pure beauty to the opposite. Cool music, also when the geishas are coming to play instruments while our couple have their way. Very daring and very shifting film. From beautiful to ugly, from funny and sweet to horror and abuse. Time went impressivly fast for a film almost free of plot accept from a very perverted eager couple. The art versus porno debate is strong within this one, I never like the idea of categorizing it. Done 40 years ago, still shocking - one of the most gruesome scenes ever put to screen takes place in the final moments here. "Yûkoku" , another japanese film, a short done 10 years ealier has some similarities, otherwise a pretty unique experience. A film about love so deep, passionate, profoune and unstoppable it's dangerous. Absolutely beautiful in many ways, gruesome in other. Unforgettable film with guts like few others. 8 out of 10 eggs.

    Banned for a long time, known as a pretty extreme art-film, also based on a true story. This is sat in pre-war Japan, and a man and one of his servants begin a passionate affair. I'm guessing there's never three minutes without sex or nudity here. Often rather nasty sensual stuff too Some sweet dialogue and one-liners, beautiful and often warm. This is not only nastiness, this is the full scale from pure beauty to the opposite. Cool music, also when the geishas are coming to play instruments while our couple have their way. Very daring and very shifting film. From beautiful to ugly, from funny and sweet to horror and abuse. Time went impressivly fast for a film almost free of plot accept from a very perverted eager couple. The art versus porno debate is strong within this one, I never like the idea of categorizing it. Done 40 years ago, still shocking - one of the most gruesome scenes ever put to screen takes place in the final moments here. "Yûkoku" , another japanese film, a short done 10 years ealier has some similarities, otherwise a pretty unique experience. A film about love so deep, passionate, profoune and unstoppable it's dangerous. Absolutely beautiful in many ways, gruesome in other. Unforgettable film with guts like few others. 8 out of 10 eggs.

  • Marcus W Super Reviewer
    Nov 30, 2016

    The amount of sex in this becomes numbing long before the end. I actually started wishing they'd go for a walk or something, just to take a breather.

    The amount of sex in this becomes numbing long before the end. I actually started wishing they'd go for a walk or something, just to take a breather.