In the Realm of the Senses – Review


When a film depicts sex for the mere sake of it, that’s where I believe it can be deemed pornography. In the case of In the Realm of the Senses, as explicit as the sex may be, I don’t at all see it as pornography – it nearly borders on that but to me, it wouldn’t seem fair especially when what we have is a story being told, one especially that shocked Japan during its time. But out of everyone they got to direct it, it was a man who wanted to push beyond the limits, none other than Nagisa Oshima. It’s interesting how others can read into this, but I find it extremely masterful and at that, it is an unsettling picture of the lower depths in society. For how Nagisa Oshima uses explicit sexuality in order to let his own social commentary allow itself to run free on the screen, something overlooked and to some extent, unfairly maligned is indeed what is being witnessed through In the Realm of the Senses. Continue reading →