O snail climb Mount Fuji but slowly, slowly!
haiku by Issa Kobayashi
written and directed by Nagisa Oshima
In the Realm of the Senses is a 1976 French-Japanese art film directed by Nagisa Oshima. It is a fictionalised and sexually explicit treatment of an incident from 1930s Japan, that of Sada Abe. It generated great controversy during its release; while intended for mainstream wide release, it contains scenes of unsimulated sexual activity between the actors. Strict censorship laws in Japan would not have allowed the film to be made according to Oshima. The film opened at the Gate Cinema Club in 1978. It was given an official countrywide cinema release in 1991, though the video release was delayed until 2000 when it was passed with an “18” certificate (suitable for adults only), leaving all of the adult sexual activity intact, but reframing a shot where Sada yanks the penis of a prepubescent boy after he misbehaves. The film is available in uncut form in France and in the United States (including the The Criterion Collection)