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Delightfully different from the original, still sexy and wild, but more light hearted and comic. The use of music and colour were beautiful, it's less realistic than the original but offers way more subliminal messages of sex and violence. Being 2 hours and 12 minutes long was a bit painful as most of the scenes were not necessary but nonetheless a better version of the story.
Basically a biopic of Sada Abe, SADA has a few really fun, unconventional moments, though it pretty much turns into a PG version of IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES halfway through. Worth watching for the comedic elements and Obayashi's cheeky style.
Based on the same true story as In the Realm of the Senses. I never thought much of Oshima's version, and Obayashi completely blows him out of the water. Instead focusing on the lurid details, Obayashi chooses to explore Sada's history and how she ended up the way she did. He basically thumbs his nose at Oshima right off the bat by stating there's more to her story than slicing off a penis. And although the erotic obsession isn't the main point of the movie, it isn't overlooked, either. It manages to be much sexier than Oshima's telling, and does so without on-screen blowjobs or eggs getting stuffed into pussies. There's a dazzling array of cinematic techniques being used (including Obayashi's signature blending of color and black & white) to inject the tale with humor and vitality. Some of the comedy is a little too slapsticky, but it's a damn sight better than watching people fucking and chatting all the time. As the only Obayashi film currently with a DVD release, I recommend it as a pretty good entry point.
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