In The Realm Of The Senses

This acclaimed drama is about a Japanese couple who begins a love affair with one of their female servants. Though their three-way relationship begins in erotic fantasy, it ends in a tragic nightmare.

current_1180_160_largeSada and Ishida share a passion for sex. She (Sada) is the aggressive one, possessive and inflammatory. When Sada is not having sex with Ishida (which is not often) she is in bed with a client, an old intellectual. Here she learns to connect sex with pain as an extension of her mental torment in missing her lover. Later, with Ishida, pain becomes an extension and an enhancement of sex itself.

Things then start to get bizarre. Sada dips food into her vagina before feeding it to Ishida while a geisha sits close by playing a shamisen. She makes him have sex with an old woman – Ishida cannot resist the challenge – and the conflicting emotions of horror and fascination that play on her face as she looks on is one of the most stunning scenes of the film. Eventually, even the geishas begin to scorn the couple’s never-ending frolicking.  Things become increasingly intense and claustrophobic as the couple gradually experiment deeper and deeper in their ecstasy. Once they have reached the extremity of life, they start to flirt with death.


You can watch the trailer for the movie here:

Original Title: Ai no korîda 


Language: Japanese

Country: Japan

Category: Drama, History, Romance

Director: Nagisa Ôshima

Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima 

Run time: 109 min 

Release: 1976

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