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Like "Equus," this bracing and explicit film about erotic passion -- or madness -- by writer-director Nagisa Oshima (perhaps better known in the West for his later "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"), was inspired by a true event. Not long before the Second World War, a dazed woman was found wandering the streets with her lover's genitals in her hands. Oshima concocted this story of a man and his female servant's mutual obsession to explain that hideous result. Though highly memorable, the film is not particularly romantic (or subtle); in the U.S., it would qualify as pornography. But it is a highly original piece of work.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes How much story is philosophy rather than plot?    -   1 () Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese

Setting

Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men

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