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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan$
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Kirsten Cather

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835873

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.001.0001

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

In the Realm of the Senses (1976–1982)

(p.197) Chapter 7 A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words
The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Kirsten Cather

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter studies Ōshima Nagisa’s In the Realm of the Senses, as well as its censorship trial. The book is divided into three discrete sections: first, twenty-four 7-by-10-inch color still photographs; second, the original screenplay that was distributed to the actors and staff prior to making the film; and third, several essays of criticism by Ōshima. In the tersely worded indictment, twelve of these photos and nine passages of the screenplay were identified as obscene. Japanese-film scholar Aaron Gerow noted in an article on the Realm trial, that the “obscenity[of the book]comes not from the text itself, but rather from the reception of that text.”

Keywords:   Ōshima Nagisa, In the Realm of the Senses, obscene, Aaron Gerow, Realm trial

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