Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire… Nagisa Oshima has achieved what few other directors have managed in dealing with the very touchy subject of sex, in this instance, with sexual obsession.
Nagisa Oshima’s sensational film concerns a woman whose obsessive sexual relationship with her husband crosses the line from passion into the territory of life and death. One of the most sexually explicit films ever to play in mainstream theaters, it has an air of palpable doom, suggesting that sex can be a doorway to suicide. Lest this sound like grunge-era noodling over dreams of self-destruction, be assured that Oshima takes a somewhat formal perspective on the conjunction of various mysteries of existence.