A nude woman with arms outstretched in a still from 'The Fruits of Passion' (1981)
A nude woman with arms outstretched in a still from 'The Fruits of Passion' (1981)
The Fruits of Passion (© Argos Films/Tamasa, 1981)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney & ACMI present

The Fruits of Passion


Shūji Terayama | Japan, France, Hong Kong; China | 1981 | R18+

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Sun 5 Dec 2021

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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.

Format: Colour, 35mm
Language: French, Japanese, English & Cantonese with English subtitles
Source: Tamasa Distribution
Courtesy: The Japan Foundation Film Library
Runtime: 86 mins

Event duration

86 mins



Contains sexually explicit content, strong themes, violence and nudity.


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