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In the Realm of the Senses – Review January 7, 2010

Posted by Cello in Movie Reviews.

In the Realm of the Senses is an amazing film to watch. Not only is it beautifully filmed but the atmosphere is quite vivid in its’ depiction of a Japanese servant girl who becomes mistress of the master of the house and sexually obsessed with their relationship. She leads him deeper into the sexual realm until it becomes the focus of both their lives. It is a movie about obsession and what can happen when it gets out of control, something that this movie demonstrates well. Until lately the film has been banned or available only in censored versions but now we have the original film just as it was made in. To make efforts even sweeter, it is available on Blu-ray disc as well.

To say that this film is porn is to class it with flicks that have nothing to say. Not only does this film have something to say, it shouts about relationships, the ways that people lose themselves into the abyss of sexuality. It’s a film about how our desires can withdraw us from society, reality, or even out own consciousness. We become so obsessed with life, material things, people, and our obsessions can kill us. We become voyeurs when watching this film. From beginning to end the controversial and explicit nature of the film will either turn you on, or off or leave you in jaw-dropping awe. Its still amazing what the two main actors do for this film, and the levels they go to, to bring these two characters to life.

I watched this movie as part of an effort to round out my experiences with classic, controversial, and sensational films. I knew that the movie had faced numerous censorship challenges, but I wasn’t quite prepared for what I saw on-screen.  Interesting is the backdrop of Japan with its old-school traditional mores and standards of acceptable behavior. It takes a patient person to watch In the Realm of the Senses and plenty of courage to appreciate it. Let us just say an American remake for this one is doubtful, primarily because this doesn’t thrive on cheap scares or gory visuals.

Friends who have watched this film tell me that there’s no one like the girl in this movie. I say they’re wrong. I have met men and women so obssesed with themselves that they have the power to drag others into their obsession. I probably wouldn’t watch it again soon anyway because the movie is so damn intense it takes awhile to absorb what you’re seeing. This is an extremely serious movie and not at all for children. If you don’t mind seeing raw sexual relations and want to see something about the hidden side of Japan, then you should definately see this movie. It blows my mind that this got a theatrical release in the States back in the 1970s.



1. hagiblog - January 7, 2010

Interesting, not sure if it would fall into a category of film I would watch but your review has raised my curiosity and that’s the point of the reviewer, isn’t it?

2. Michael A. - January 7, 2010

Good job with the review mate. I am hunting down the unedited version online now. I found one, but I’m not sure it is the uncut one. Any tips?

3. BigMacky - January 9, 2010

I’ve heard and read about this release on Blu-ray couple of months back, but your review really made me wanna check it out for myself. As always, good review.

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