With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in Empire Of Passion (Ai no borei). Set in a Japanese village at the end of the nineteenth century, the film details the emotional and physical downfall of a married woman (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) and her younger lover (Tatsuya Fuji) following their decision to murder her husband and dump his body in a well. Empire Of Passion was Oshima's only true kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and the film, a savage, unrelenting experience, earned him the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.
An evocative, haunting story of infidelity and guilt, EMPIRE OF PASSION traces a woman's spiral into emotional disorder after abetting her husbands murder. Together with her lover, she disposes of the body in a well, unwittingly poisoning the very fibers of her being and courting a round of relentless supernatural punishment. This carefully restored print of the award-winning horror film captures director Nagisa Oshimas intense, unsettling visuals in stunning high-def detail. Special Features: Widescreen - 1.66 Audio: Dolby Digital Mono - Japanese Subtitles - English Additional Release Material: Video Essay - Catherine Russell, Critic Runtime: 105 Minutes.