Empire of Passion (Ai no borei)


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Year: 1978
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama
Cast: Akiko Koyama, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masami Hasegawa, Taiji Tonoyama, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatani, Tatsuya Fuji
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 28-Apr-09
Runtime (minutes):

SKU: CC1807DDVD Categories: ,


With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in Empire of Passion (Ai no borei). Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman and her younger lover following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well. Empire of Passion was Oshima’s only true kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and the film, a savage, unrelenting experience, earned him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Double Obsession: Seki, Sada, and Oshima, a new video essay by film historian and critic Catherine Russell
* New interviews with actors Kazuo Yoshiyuki and Tatsuya Fuji
* An interview program from 2003 featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai
* U.S. trailer
* Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns and a 1978 interview with Nagisa Oshima

_New cover by Neil Kellerhouse_

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