Empire of passion

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L'Empire de la passion

Empire of Passion

(Ai no borei)

by Nagisa Oshima

Japan, France


L'Empire de la passion

Director: Nagisa Oshima

Script: Nagisa Oshima

Cinematographer: Yoshio Miyajima

Art Director: Jusho Toda

Music: Toru Takemitsu

Cast: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Tatsukga Fugi, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatni, Akiko Koyoma, Taiji Tonoyoma, Sumie Sasaki

Production: Mark Burton, Sunil Doshi, Jit Joshi, Anatole Dauman

Tamasa Distribution
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Year: 1978

35 mm, Colour, 108 min, 
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

Best Director - Cannes Film Festival 1978

We are in 1895, under the Meji dynasty, in a village close to Tokyo. Gisaburo is an old rickshaw driver, worn out by work. Every night, Seki, his still young looking wife, welcomes him, bathes him, massages him and gives him sake to make him forget his tiredness and poverty. Exhausted, Gisaburo has no more strength to be intimate with his wife who submits but remains unsatisfied. Having completed his military service, Young Toyoji has come back to the village. After an insistent courtship, they become lovers. They share passion. Gisaburo has to disappear. They strangle him when he is drunk, and throw his body in a disused well in the forest. Under the villagers’ pressure, the lovers cannot openly live their passion. The ghost of Gisaburo appears to them. Rumours start spreading...

It is a tragic news in brief of passion, a story of ‘love and blood’ which inspired Nagisa Oshima for this film, quite different from his previous one In the Realm of Senses.

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