AKA: Ai No korida; Empire of the Senses, Love’s Bullfight
Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
Starring: Eiko Matsuda (Sada), Tatsuya Fuji (Kichi)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Gruesome, Infidelity, Unsimulated Sex, BDSM, Prostitution, Sexual-Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, Voyeur
Plot – Spoilers:
In pre-War Japan, Sada a prostitute-turned-maid working at a restaurant begins an affair with the owner Kichi. Sada’s refinement in contrast to her gargantuan sexual appetite has Kichi bedazzled and the couple move into a hotel. While Sada’s obsession with his cock flatters Kichi, he also feels overwhelmed by her possessiveness and the couple soon begin to explore darker sexual realms to reinforce their relationship.
Banned all over the place at the time of its release, In the Realm of the Senses has since confused viewers with its artistry, yet unabashed explicitness.