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: January 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sexual taboos are broken and boundaries crossed In the Realm of the Senses, a fearlessly provocative psychosexual tale.

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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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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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

Oshima has crafted an uncompromisingly hardcore study in sexual obsession, which also serves as an allegory of the insularity and madness of Japan's phallocentric, self-destructive imperialism in the build-up to its explosive wartime climax

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Cole Smithey

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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is the great example of Artistic Porno.

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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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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
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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 V
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