The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present
The Fruits of Passion
Erotic art-house fare with a political backdrop.
Shūji Terayama and mainstream French producer Anatole Dauman (In the Realm of the Senses) relocate the characters Sir Stephen (Klaus Kinski) and his young lover O (Isabelle Illiers) from the novel Return to the Château by Anne Desclos to 1920s Southern China, where O is sent to a brothel to prove her unconditional love and obedience to her lecherous lover. A local anti-imperialist insurrection and the struggle of an impoverished young man are collateral vignettes to O’s erotically humiliating experience, and are cleverly used by Terayama to portray his idea of sex as a form of political revenge.
Warning: explicit sexual content.
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