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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.

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Special Features * 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

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