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Empire of Passion

Nagisa Oshima

 
Empire of Passion (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1978
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #467

With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in Empire of Passion (Ai no borei). Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman and her younger lover following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well. Empire of Passion was Oshima’s only true kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and the film, a savage, unrelenting experience, earned him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cast

Credits

DirectorNagisa Oshima
ProducerAnatole Dauman
ScreenplayNagisa Oshima
Based on a book byItoko Nakamura
CinematographyYoshio Miyajima
LightingKenichi Okamoto
EditingKeiichi Uraoka
MusicToru Takemitsu
Production designJusho Toda
SoundTetsuo Yasuda and Alex Pront
Production consultantKoji Wakamatsu

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Double Obsession: Seki, Sada, and Oshima, a new video essay by film historian and critic Catherine Russell
  • New interviews with actors Kazuo Yoshiyuki and Tatsuya Fuji
  • An interview program from 2003 featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai
  • U.S. trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns and a 1978 interview with Nagisa Oshima

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Nagisa Oshima on In the Realm of the Senses

April 30, 2009

The following article, based on an interview with Nagisa Oshima conducted by Katsue Tomiyama . . . Read more »


Film Essays

In the Realm of the Senses: Some Notes on Oshima and Pornography

By Donald RichieApril 30, 2009

The concept of “obscenity” is tested when we dare to look at something that we desire to see . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Empire of Passion: Love’s Phantom

By Tony RaynsApril 27, 2009

At the request of the author, Japanese names in this essay are given in their traditional . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Empire of Passion: Interview with Nagisa Oshima

April 23, 2009

This interview, conducted by Michael Henry, first appeared in the May 1978 issue of Positif. . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Oshima in Words and Images

January 15, 2013


Clippings

IN THE REALM OF JAMES QUANDT

June 11, 2009

Close Criterion collaborator and friend James Quandt, longtime senior programmer at the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: THE NOTORIOUS OSHIMA REVISITED

May 04, 2009

Perhaps the most shocking thing about Nagisa Oshima’s infamous, hard-core In the Realm of the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Nagisa Oshima on In the Realm of the Senses

April 30, 2009

The following article, based on an interview with Nagisa Oshima conducted by Katsue Tomiyama . . . Read more »


Film Essays

In the Realm of the Senses: Some Notes on Oshima and Pornography

By Donald RichieApril 30, 2009

The concept of “obscenity” is tested when we dare to look at something that we desire to see . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Empire of Passion: Love’s Phantom

By Tony RaynsApril 27, 2009

At the request of the author, Japanese names in this essay are given in their traditional . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Empire of Passion: Interview with Nagisa Oshima

April 23, 2009

This interview, conducted by Michael Henry, first appeared in the May 1978 issue of Positif. . . . Read more »


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