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.
Later, Sada (Eiko Matsuda) holds both…the knife and the severed penis of her dead lover, Ichizo (Tatsuya Fuji). The movie is In the Realm of the Senses. To reach this point we’ve witnessed a sad, odd and serious tale of sexual obsession that takes place in 1936 Japan. A handsome owner of an inn dallies with a new maid. Soon after, he leaves his wife and they embark on a life bounded by the paper walls of a small inn they moved to. Sada is driven … more