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The concept of “obscenity” is tested when we dare to look at something that we desire to see but have forbidden ourselves to look at. When we feel that everything has been revealed, “obscenity” disappears and there is a certain liberation. When that which one had wanted to see isn’t sufficiently revealed, however, the taboo remains, the feeling of “obscenity” stays, and an even greater “obscenity” comes into being. Pornographic films are thus a testing ground for “obscenity,” and the benefits of pornography are clear. Pornographic cinema should be authorized, immediately and completely. Only thus can “obscenity” be rendered essentially meaningless.
—Nagisa Oshima, from “Theory of Experimental Pornographic Film” (1976)
Nagisa Oshima’s famous hardcore film “In the Realm of the Senses” has been banned in Japan ever since it’s release. Oshima himself was trialed on charges of obscenity, though he was eventually acquitted on basis of his defence that his explicitness was precisely to eradicate notions of obscenity.
The film is certainly not for the faint hearted, but its highly objective ‘study’ of the main couples’ spiral into sexual self-destruction makes the film almost anti-erotic. Based on a true story of a prostitute Sada Abe and her lover, the film is also a political commentary on the strict repressive nature of Japanese culture and society.
The career of Eiko Matsuda, the actress, was doomed after this movie, as she was forced to go into hiding in France for fear of persecution, while the career of Tatsuya Fuji, the actor, continued to flourish.
Read this excellent review by David Richie from the Criterion Collection here.