EMPIRE OF PASSION
Festivals / Awards
Cannes Film Festival 1978 – Best Director
Awards of the Japanese Academy 1979 – Best Music Score
Mainchi Film Concours 1979 – Best Film Score
Obsessive passion anatomized, with Oshima’s two outsider lovers withdrawing from the militaristic world of 1936 Japan and diving ever deeper into an erotic universe of their own construction. A cause celebre for its hardcore elements, but its provocations go beyond mere censor baiting.