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Ai no corrida [videorecording] = In the realm of the senses /
Janus Films ; Argos films ; Anatole Dauman présente ; film écrit et réalisé par [written and directed by] Nagisa Oshima ; une coproduction, Argos Films (Paris), Oceanic (Paris), Oshima Productions (Tokyo) ; directeur de production, Koji Wakamatsu.
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
1604651458, 9781604651454
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[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
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credits note
Caméra, Ito Hideo ; montage [editing], Keiichi Uraoka, Patrick Sauvion ; musique originale, Minoru Miki ; decors, accessoires et costumes, Jusho Toda, Shigenori Shimoishizaka, Dai Arakawa, Masahiro Kato.
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Dolby Digital mono.; widescreen presentation, preserving the aspect ratio, 1.66:1, of original theatrical presentation, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer of complete uncensored version.
Originally produced as a Japanese-French co-production in 1976.
Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Oshima and his actors [featurette] (6 min.); "In the Realm of the Senses" : Tatsuya Fuji [featurette] (17 min.); "In the Realm of the Senses" : Recalling the film [featurette] (39 min.); Deleted footage [featurette] (12 min.); U.S. trailer (2 min.); booklet includes the essay "Some Notes on Oshima and Pornography" by Donald Richie and "Nagisa Oshima on 'In the Realm of the Senses'" an interview by Katsue Tomiyama, translated by Ted Goossen.
Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji.
The story is based on the tabloid sensation of 1936, the fatal love affair of Sada Abe, a former geisha turned maid, and Kichizo Yoshida, the owner of the Tokyo ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) at which she worked. Abandoning his wife and his business, Kichizo gives himself up to two weeks of dissipation with Sada at a nearby inn, which climaxes in sadomasochistic love games--and his strangulation and mutilation. Kichizo is tired of life, of the militarism that has everywhere suppressed Eros in favor of Thanatos, and he and Sada are escaping, protesting, testing physical and psychological limits, while resisting a social order that condemns their actions and their very being.
language note
In Japanese with optional subtitles in English.
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Not rated.
technical details
DVD, region 1 ; NTSC.

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