In the Realm of the Senses
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Based upon a true incident in 1930s Japan, Nagisa Oshima's controversial film effectively skirts the borderline between pornography and art -- making Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris of four years earlier look like… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Unsanitised, worryingly convincing in its sadomasochistic detail, this is seriously provocative cinema, a telling reminder of what it really means to be dangerous.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Oshima holds nothing back. Yet watching the couple's constant lovemaking is the very opposite of erotic. Which may very well be the point. Sada and Kichizo's fantasy world is strictly private; it doesn't just shut out society, it excludes the viewer too.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Ai No Corrida is an undeniably powerful, stylish and impressive piece of work.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This particular consideration of mutual possession which approaches and then transcends death is well-paced and, within story possibilities, -acted as well.

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Edward Porter
Times [UK]

Declaring yourself bored by a movie full of explicit sex may sometimes mark you out as a dreary pseudo-sophisticate, but in this case it's fair enough.

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Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

As the soundtrack moans in sympathy while the deep crimson colours dazzle in delirium, the entire movie comes desperately close to approximating the pell-mell emotional turmoil of sex itself. Not porn, sex.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

That graphic sexual expression is the narrative currency Oshima uses to explicate a connection between sex and death only adds to the film's incalculable power to provoke, offend, frighten, and spellbind its audience.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

I still find In the Realm of the Senses impressive but it now puzzles and worries me.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

One of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Oshima's film widens and deepens the sensual realm.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
Famed for the controversy it caused upon its original release, Nagisa Oshima's 'In the Realm of the Senses' was, for a long time, only spoken… More
Randy Tippy
Fascinating tale of two lovers who become so obsessed with each other that it eventually consumes them. I lost count as to how many times this couple had sex… More
Veronique Kwak
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David Ladd
In the Realm of the Senses is a film that has divided opinions among those that have seen it (a number that is not too big thanks to the film being banned in… More
AJ Verser
A beautiful, but very adult, film. The story is very powerful and kinda crazy, but I think it was actually based on a true story! An excellent movie about… More
Arash Xak
Groundbreaking & highly controversial for its time & was banned outright in many countries this movie is based on a true story about sexual obsession,… More