“One of the most extraordinary moments in screen history. Ōshima’s film widens and deepens the sensual realm.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Unsanitized, worryingly convincing in its sadomasochistic detail, this is seriously provocative cinema, a telling reminder of what it really means to be dangerous.” - Trevor Johnson, Time Out

Ōshima’s provocative, controversial and shocking film graphically depicts the all-consuming, transcendent - but ultimately destructive - love of a man and a woman living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Content consideration: contains explicit, unsimulated sexual content.


Awards & Nominations
Winner - Sutherland Trophy, British Film Institute
Winner - Special Jury Prize, Chicago International Film Festival


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