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Nagisa Oshima titles in October

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Double Play (Blu-ray+DVD) release of three films from legendary Japanese director Nagisa Oshima. Available on 17th October 2011 are:

Empire of Passion ("Ai no Borei") - Out on Double Play & EST - Price Demon
A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. 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.


  • Sur Le Tournage: 2003 Interview program featuring production consultant Koji Wakamatsu and assistant directors Yusuke Narita and Yoichi Sai
  • Panel discussion at Birkbeck College with Japanese film scholars
  • Booklet from scholar

In the Realm of the Senses ("Ai no Korida") - Out on Double Play - Price Demon
Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardour, they forsake all, even life itself.

  • Recalling the Film: 2003 Program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai and distributor Yoko Asakura
  • Panel discussion at Birkbeck College with Japanese film scholars
  • Once Upon a Time: In the Realm of the Senses
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Booklet from scholar or book excerpt

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Out on Double Play - Price Demon
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • The Oshima Gang - Making of Featurette
  • An Interview with Jeremy Thomas
  • An Interview Ryuichi Sakamoto


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