With an arresting mix of eroticism and horror, Oshima plunges the viewer into a nightmarish tale of guilt and retribution in EMPIRE OF PASSION. 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.
Presented by the Lowe Art Museum in part of their ongoing series INTROSPECTION and AWAKENING: Japanese Art in the Edo and Meiji Periods, 1615-1912 ongoing at the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.
Presented on 35mm Film as part of the Cosford Classics Series!
Tickets are only $5 for EMPIRE OF PASSION.
Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Unratd.
Japan, 1978, 35mm Film, 108minutes, Color, Japanese with English Subtitles.