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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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