The Realm of The Sense (film) : 1976 : Nagisa Oshima

by Julia Evans on March 10, 1976

The Realm of The Sense (Ai no corrida) (L’Empire des sens) is a French/Japanese film made in 1976 by Nagisa Oshima, and seen by Jacques Lacan about 10th March 1976.


Still censored in its own country, In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima’s film, set in 1936 and based on a true incident, depicts a man and a woman (Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda) consumed by a transcendent, destructive love while living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone.


Found by Bruno de Florence,

Commentary by Jacques Lacan:

Seminar XXIII : 16th March 1976 : p IX 10 to IX 13 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation : : availability and notes Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan Or here

Further texts:

Jacques Lacan : Jacques Lacan : here

Of the clinic : here