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Controversy Soars To Great Heights On DVD

  • May 5, 2009
What is the difference between arthouse & porn? Where do we draw the line? When have we seen too much or when could graphic cinema become too extreme even for the liberal viewer?

In The Realm Of The Senses somehow manages to encompass the best of all worlds which leaves viewers shaking their heads in amazement. In fact, many viewers are baffled by the strong themes of love & agression co-existing in the same tale. To make matters even more complicated or disturbing, Oshima's film is based upon actual events that took place in Japan which makes the film all the more controversial.

ITROTS revolves around a married man whose obsession for a prostitute eventually leads to his inevitable downfall. At one point, the two are nearly inseparable & they do not leave their room for fear of losing their "smell" after constantly making love. There are several scenes throughout the film which are going to invoke rage or atleast take the viewer out of their comfort zone. In the Realm of the Senses contains many situations of coitus, fellatio, a young girl being forcibly penetrated with a dildo by older geisha, an egg being pushed into Sada's vagina, a young boy's penis being tugged on by Sada, strangulation, and castration.

Again, not for all tastes but I do like the film for many reasons. First, there is an actual story here contrary to what many may believe & the images throughout the film are beautifully photographed. I'm also amazed at how well the director handles intended subject matter & carefully takes his time to examine the progression of obsessive relationships. When you really think about it, nearly all of them start out the same & usually end much like an undesired derailment. They begin mild, escalate to moderation, & then finally go to unfathomable extremes which shock everyone even remotely involved.
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September 18, 2009
The first time I saw this was in a sex-ed class when I was in college. It was the uncut version and during that time, I didn't know any better than to just let the eroticism to wash over me. The two were really doing it and I thought it was just porn. This movie has strong social commentaries. Seen "Lies"? it's a modern Korean take to this film.
September 18, 2009
I am totally feeling you on that. This one really turned me on. I had actually bought it when I was a teen through one of these bookclubs. I had figured it would prolly be no more graphic than "Henry & June" or Almodovar's "Tie Me Up Tie Me Down" with that NC-17 rating. Man, I was in for a surprise. I immediately took a nice, cold shower after viewing it but ran to a friend's house later that day to show off my latest find. This was back in the goood old days of VHS tapes. I have since then upgraded ITROTS to DVD. No, I have heard of "Lies" but never seen it. I will have to check that out bro.
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Director: Nagisa Oshima
Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1976
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Screen Writer: Nagisa Oshima
Runtime: 1hr 45min
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