Empire of Passion
Empire of Passion
Empire of Passion
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Empire of Passion

Nagisa Oshima Japan, 1978

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.

Details

  • 105 min
  • Color
  • 1.66:1

Formats

  • DVD
  • 35mm

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