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Empire of Passion - Preview

Empire of Passion

Preview by Jack Foley

NAGISA Ôshima’s Empire of Passion receives its UK Blu-ray premiere on Monday, October 17 along with two more classics, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and In The Realm of the Senses.

A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is jealous of her husband and together they decide that they should kill him.

One night, after the husband drinks plenty of sake and gets into bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, the woman pretends that her husband has gone to Tokyo for work.

For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other until finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband’s ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband’s disappearance.

The film stars Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Takahiro Tamura.

Blu-Ray extras include Sur Le Tournage, a 2003 Interview programme featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai and a panel discussion at Birkbeck College with Japanese film scholars.

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Certificate: 18
Running time: 105mins
UK Double Play Release: October 17, 2011