In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses is considered the Japanese director and scriptwriter Nagisa Oshima’s masterpiece, so it definitely deserves a little of our attention here, in this blog section.

The film was released in 1976, becoming a scandalous release since included a few scenes of explicit sex and sadomasochism, quite strong for those times.

This is why Oshima had to finish the film in France, as they were much more permissive there than in Japan, where it is still censored nowadays.

Even these days, we can detect some censorship in the cover of the Blu-Ray edition when compared to the real image of the movie.

If we turn our sight back to that same date in our country, we would realize that only a few years before, the censors controlled our very own screens; skirts that didn’t show women’s knees, kisses between lovers who felt like sinners, and not even tongue kisses!!

And let’s not talk about how many films had a big part of their footage discarded in order to make them “appropriate” for the public. I can’t imagine the shock of our parents when they watched some of the scenes shown in this movie.

To make matters worse, L’émpire Des Sens is based on actual events, so the controversy is served.  

In the Realm of the Senses
Set in the thirties, The Realm Of The Senses is, basically, a heartrending story of two lovers who take their passions to the very extreme.
In the first stage, these passions include a lack of sexual inhibition and fear of the forbidden. Then, they move on to an internal trip to the most intimate pleasure and sexual exploration, covering voyeurism, pain as a means to reach ecstasy and that thin line between desire and madness that the characters always take to the limit, because they are the victims of oppressive traditions and times.
In the Realm of the Senses
Although I don’t recommend following these lovers’ steps in order not to damage our health, this is a good movie that makes us reflect on ourselves. It makes us demolish the barriers that stop us from fully enjoying sex, telling us not to fear communicating and telling our partner what we like.
We see how important it is to do it in a healthy, respectful way, with the necessary restraint and far from letting obsession take over us.
 I don’t want to spoil the film for you! So I will just earnestly suggest you watch it if you haven’t yet and are looking for different, original and creative content.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!