In the Realm of the Senses – Cinema Junkies
The Realm Of The Senses is considered the Japanese director and scriptwriter Nagisa Oshima’s (recently deceased) masterpiece, so it definitely deserves a little of our attention here, in this blog.
The film dates from 1976, which must be mentioned, taking into account the movie includes a few scenes of explicit sex and sadomasochism quite strong for those times. That’s why Oshima had to finish the film in France, as they were much more permissive there than in Japan, where it is still censored nowadays. (Even these days, we can detect the cersorship in the cover of the Blu-Ray edition, when compared to the real image of the movie).
If we turn our sight back to that same date in our country, we would realize that only a few years before, the censors controlled our very own screens; skirts that didn’t show women’s knees, kisses between lovers who felt like sinners, and not even tongue kisses!! And let’s not talk about so many films that had a big part of its footage discarded in order to make them “appropriate” for the public. I can’t imagine the shock of our parents when they watched some of the scenes shown in the movie. To make matters worse, L’émpire Des Sens is based on actual events, so the controversy is served.
Set in the thirties, The Realm Of The Senses is, basically, a heartrending story of two lovers who take their passions to the very extreme. At the first stage, these passions include lack of sexual inhibition and fear of the forbidden. Then they move on to an internal trip to the most intimate pleasure and sexual exploration, covering voyeurism, pain as the mean to reach the ecstasy and that thin line between desire and madness that the characters always take to the limit because they are the victims of oppressive traditions and times.
Although I don’t recommend following these lovers’ steps in order not to damage our health, it’s a good movie to make us reflect about ourselves, demolish the barriers that stop us from fully enjoying sex, with no fear of communicating and telling our partner what we like, healthily, respectfully, with the necessary restraint and far from letting obsession take over us. I don’t want to spoil the film for you! So I will just earnestly suggest you watch it if you haven’t yet!
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Irina is the founder and CEO of Altporn4U. Since 2007 she’s producing and directing clips for adults, bringing the sex to the screen in an explicit and creative way. The precursor of this movement in Spain, Irina offers an inimitable view of sex and pornography.