Empire of Passion (Ai no borei) (In the Realm of Passion)
Empire of Passion (Ai no borei) (In the Realm of Passion) (1978)

Also known as Phantom Love, the French/Japanese co-production L'Empire de la Passion follows famed Japanese director Nagisa Oshima's multinational production, the chilling and erotic In the Realm of the Senses, which was banned in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 1978
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Nagisa Oshima just can't win.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never is truly enjoyable.

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Stella Dallas
a noirish folktale with horror elements, much less explicit than it's notorious companion piece, in the realm of the senses. beautiful cinematography,… More
Eric Broome
"In the Realm of Passion" is somewhat of a sheep in wolf's clothing. Titled to suggest a sequel to the controversial "In the… More
Stephen M
Can we have some sensible reviews of this film, please. An average star-rating of 3 is ridiculous for this near-masterpiece. "Empire of Passion" is a… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Nagisa Oshima's "In the Realm of Passion" takes place in a Japanese village in 1895. Seki(Kazuko Yoshiyuki) is married to… More
El Hombre Invisible
Empire of Passion isn't a very fast paced film. The first two acts dragged for a while, leaving me almost uninterested in how the film was going to wrap… More