Nagisa Oshima is the best film director in Japan still making good movies. There are other good directors (Kon Ichikawa), but they are reduced to doing company hack-work. Oshima can still do the films he likes, partly because he gets financial backing in France from Argos Films, the producer of both “Ai-no Korida (In the Realm of the Senses)” and “Ai-no Borei (Empire of Passion).” Thus ?”Ai-no Borei” is officially treated as a French film.

Despite the fact that “Ai-no Borei” lacks the explicit eroticism of “Ai-no Korida,” it is still a continuation of the same theme: passion leading to inevitable destruction.

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