"In the Realm of Passion"
(Empire of Passion)
Directed by Nagisa Oshima
Oshima follows up his
notorious In the Realm of the Senses with the story of a peasant
woman who, with the help of her lover, kills her husband. Their future hopes
wither, however, when the injured party returns from the dead to haunt and
endlessly torment them. This sad tale of two lovers consumed by the very
passion that they seek is presented to the viewer amidst a somber landscape
of embattled moods and emotions, tragic cruelty and overwhelming calm--and
the forceful performances and superb photography of this gripping film are
unified under Oshima's remarkable lyrical style. Empire of Passion
earned him the award of Best Director at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Tatsuya Fuji and Takuzo Kawatani. Japanese with
yellow English subtitles.