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Empire of Passion

Spine #467

Apr 28, 2009

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Empire of Passion

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Directed By: Nagisa Oshima
Starring: Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatani, Masami Hasegawa, Akiko Koyama, Taiji Tonoyama
Licensor: Argos Films

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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 (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) and her younger lover (Tatsuya Fuji) 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.

  • New video essay by film historian and critic Catherine Russell
  • New interview with actors Kazuo Yoshiyuki and Tatsuya Fuji
  • An interview program from 2003 featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoici Sai


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