Nagisa Oshima – Ai no borei AKA Empire of Passion [+Extras] (1978)


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 and her younger lover 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.


1. Double Obsession: Seki, Sada, and Oshima, a new video essay by film historian and critic Catherine Russel (20:17)
2. An interview program from 2003 featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai (13:17)
3. Original US Theatrical Trailer (01:52)[_Extras].rar.html

Subtitles:English .srt

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  • Ivan

    Hi, Thanks for the film. I don’t know if the problem is with Ryushare but, while I had no trouble downloading Parts 2,3,4 and 5, I cannot download Part 1. It says: Error happened when generating Download Link. Please try again or Contact administrator (ERROR:no_file).
    Is there anything you can do? Many thanks, Ivan