Empire Of Passion


An adulterous couple are dogged by the spirit of the husband they kill

Despite the heavy - breathing title linking it to infamous predecessor In The Realm Of The Senses, Nagisa Oshima’s second international success is an intriguing mainstream horrordrama that’s longer on shivers than shagging. Tatsuya Fuji brings a passionate, scrabbling intensity to his role as a murderous lover in this 19th-Century tale of an adulterous couple dogged both by the spirit of the husband they kill and by vicious village gossip. Eerily atmospheric, it plays like a ghost-story-tinged remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice with extra sex and sake. Underwhelming extras.

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