Empire of Passion

Edition no. 467

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Argos Films
Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
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.

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Japanese 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9

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