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In The Realm of the Senses

In The Realm of the Senses – 1976
aka Ai no corrida
Nagisa Ôshima

Nagisa Ôshima

Tatsuya Fuji
Eiko Matsuda
Aoi Nakajima


Review by Zetes

Holy Cow,

This is no masterpiece, but it has a great distinction amongst the world of film. One can never go beyond this one in audacity. Never. If I described some of the stuff that you will only ever find here, this review would never be posted. They went so far a couple of times that I had to clap. Some of it is just so great.

Besides its audacity, the two leads are very good. Even though the movie consists of very little besides the sex scenes (and what little it does is not worth it; the weakest part of the film is its script), the main characters are pretty complex.

But if you’re looking to see something which is erotic and beautiful, stay away and rent one of my all time favorites, Last Tango in Paris. In the Realm of the Senses is surely erotic, but it is not beautiful. It’s main function is to disturb. 8/10

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