It was grand. She descended the staircase—itself a large affair that ended right in the middle of the customers. From where, no one ever knew. Some said that her lair was up there on the second floor, full of old photographs and overstuffed furniture. Others said that the staircase went nowhere at all, that she had to clamber up it from the back before she could arrive in public. In any event, the descent was dramatic, with many pauses as she stared at her guests below, turning a brief gaze on this one and that.
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In the Realm of the Senses Ai no corrida , by the always provocative Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. Based on a true incident, it graphically depicts the all-consuming, transcendent—but ultimately destructive—love of a man and a woman Tatsuya Fuji and Eiko Matsuda living in an era of ever escalating imperialism and governmental control. Less a work of pornography than of politics, In the Realm of the Senses is a brave, taboo-breaking milestone, still censored in its own country. By Donald Richie. Like any top ten list in any discipline by anyone privileged enough to be asked to catalog his professional indulgences for public viewing, the following list is deeply meaningful and truly meaningless.
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Call Netflix Netflix. Against a backdrop of growing imperialism, a Japanese businessman and his mistress give in to an all-consuming sexual and romantic obsession. Watch all you want.