Empire of Passion

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Empire of Passion is a Japanese romantic film that was written by Itoko Nakamura and Nagisa Oshima, who also directed. The film featured Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Tatsuya Fuji, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatani and Akiko Koyama. The story follows poor married couple, Seki and Gisaburo. Despite their lack money and working for little wages, they appear to be very happy in their village life environment. They also have an infant son called Ishichi whom they love very much.

However, an unsavory character by the name of Toyoji invades their tranquil village at the village, bringing chaos to the couple's home. Toyoji has been in the army fighting until the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895.

Toyoji is unattached and has a very brazen and strong sexuality. When he meets Seki, he is immediately smitten. He finds a way to spend a lot of time with her while she is alone, caring for her child. Her husband is out of town a lot with many overnight stays for work, so Toyoji finds it very easy to worm his way into her life.

He starts by bringing her bean cakes and showering her with many compliments. She is very flattered and she laughs it off when her husband says Toyoji has a crush on her.

Before long, Seki gives in to the charms of Toyoji and they begin a torrid affair. Toyiji is jealous of her husband and decides that they should murder him. Because she is in love with Toyiji, she feels helpless enough to go along with the plan.

One evening, after her husband becomes drunk and goes to bed, Toyiji strangles him and they dump his body into a well. She pretends that her husband has gone to Tokyo on business to avert suspicion. They go along for three years in secret until the town begins to gossip and her husband's ghost haunts her. Finally, the law begins to investigate.

| 1978 | 1 hr 44 min | 7.0/10
Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, TakuzĂ´ Kawatani
Nagisa Oshima
Empire of Passion
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