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DVD Review: 'In the Realm of the Senses' (Blu-ray Re-Release)

★★★★☆ Claimed by many to be a film that blurs the boundaries between art and pornography, Nagisa Ôshima's In the Realm of the Senses (1976) - starring Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda and Aoi Nakajima - is certainly a piece of cinema that presents the viewer with a visual and emotional challenge, pushing the limits of what might be acceptable or appealing to some and remaining vulnerable and wide-open to judgement.

Based on real events, the film follows the life of a maid and former prostitute, Abe Sada, who becomes involved with her married boss Kichi in an obsessive love affair that transcends the carnal and crosses limits that society has imposed. Their sexual obsession only grows stronger and more dangerous and they enclose themselves in that world of passion, making love compulsively, randomly, endlessly, alone or in front of others. Life outside the doors of the chamber, where they share their intimate moments,

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