Film: In The Realm Of The Senses


Film: In The Realm Of The Senses (愛のコリーダ, Ai no Korīda)

When: Saturday 13 April, 15.20

Where: The Tyneside Cinema (Directions)



Be sure to catch this rare theatrical screening of Nagisa Ôshima’s controversial 1976 erotic classic which had Japanese censors up in arms over its depiction of unsimulated onscreen sex. Upon its original UK release it was confined to private clubs to avoid outrage, now years later it you can enjoy the film where it was supposed to be viewed, on the big screen!


“One of the most famously controversial releases of the 70s, Japanese erotic drama In The Realm Of The Senses gets another chance to rile up the censors with a special screening to mark the sad passing of its director Nagisa Ôshima in January. Based on one of the biggest scandals in Japanese history, that of Sada Abe who asphyxiated and mutilated her lover in 1936, Ôshima’s controversial film effectively skirts the line between pornography and art. The story follows servant and former prostitute Sada who becomes sexually obsessed with her employer Kizicho. After making love, the two become inseparable leading to more and more dangerous sexual acts. Limited to private cinema clubs on it initial release in the UK, this screening is your chance to see what all the fuss was about with this serious slice of provocative cinema.” — Tyneside Cinema