In one of the most controversial films of all time, a servant begins a passionate, dangerous affair with her master in pre-World War II Japan. This graphic tale of sexual obsession was based on the true story of Sada Abe.
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Saw it again after many years. Simply a Masterpiece. Like no one else before, Mr. Oshima captured the essence of unlimited passion. What about the sex scenes? Please, i understand that most of us know what it is. The word 'pornographic' is out of context. The Hayes code is gone a long time ago...
I missed this film when it came out in the mid 70s but I can say now from the 40 years perspective that it has proved its masterpiece reputation. Never before or since has true and full sensual pleasure look so powerful and yet so clean and innocent on the screen.
One function of the real sex is it implicates the viewer in the same unwilled voyeurism of the ancillary characters feet away behind or within those paper walls. The primary purpose is to destabilise your rationality, to involve you in the central relationship & make it believable so that the conclusion can be successful. For impact, the eye is always led; more often concealment occurs, you only see what it lets you