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1,309 Ratings

Empire of Passion

Ai no borei

Directed by Nagisa Ôshima
Japan, France, 1978
Drama, Horror, Romance


Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the downfall of a married woman and her lover after they murder her husband and dump his body in a well. With eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution.

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Empire of Passion Directed by Nagisa Ôshima

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1978 | Winner: Best Director

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1979 | Winner: Best Music Score

1979 | 7 nominations including: Best Film

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