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Empire of Passion (1978)

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Original title: Ai no borei


DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 28, 2000
 R2: 21 Mar 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country Japan, France

Studio Argos Films, Oshima Productions

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Other Titles
• Empire of Passion (1979)
• Ai no borei
• In the Realm of Passion (1978)
• Empire of the Passions (1978)
• The Ghost of Love (1978)
• Phantom Love (1978)
• Im Reich der Leidenschaft (1978)
• L'Empire de la Passion
• The Empire of Passion
• The Phantom of Love



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Genre: Drama, Horror, Ghosts, Betrayal, Murder, Infidelity, Suspense, Love, True Story, Period Piece, Disturbing

Plot: "In the Realm of Passion" was based on a true story of sexual obsession and murder. In a small Japanese village in 1895, Seki, the 40-year-old wife of rickshaw driver Gisaburo, is courted and seduced by Toyoji, a young man just out of military service. Their passionate affair leads them to plot and successfully execute the murder of Gisaburo, but their happiness is threatened by their own lingering guilt, the growing suspicions of the villagers, and the continuing presence of Gisaburo's ghost.

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 Directed by
Nagisa Oshima
In the Realm of the Senses, Taboo (Gohatto), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
 Written by
Nagisa Oshima
Senba zuru, In the Realm of the Senses, Taboo (Gohatto)
 Cast
Tatsuya Fuji
In the Realm of the Senses, Bright Future, Daikyoju Gappa
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Kikujiro, Taboo (Gohatto), Yogen
Takahiro Tamura
Tora! Tora! Tora!, Seisaku no tsuma, Hachiko monogatari
Takuzo Kawatani
Chikuzan hitori tabi
Kenzo Kawarazaki
Kakashi / Scarecrow, Parasite Eve
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