At least, you’d be forgiven for thinking that if you’ve paid attention to all the sequels, reboots, and IP properties filling up theaters these days. But even before the era of superheroes and CG robots, people still thought Hollywood was out of ideas, what with all the westerns, musicals, and book adaptations being thrown their way.
So it seems as long as Hollywood has been around there have been cries of a creative well run dry and fans clamoring for more original films. But all hope isn’t lost, because despite the fact that, yes, Hollywood does often rehash the same ideas over and over until viewer fatigue eventually sets in, peppered throughout all of movie history have been original films that change the game so much that every movie that follows owes a bit of its DNA to said game changer.
A young man returns home from college during a holiday break to visit his widowed mother. Along the way he meets an attractive woman and they hit it off so well during his return trip that she accepts an invitation from him to stay at his Mother's house during his stay. But his Mother is not pleased with this surprise as she has rather strong feelings for her own son and desires to keep him all for herself.
There are certain interesting tendencies at play here, but mostly this is a pretty straightforward and unimaginative effort. The story is somewhat unusual in content and tone, but the subtext is pretty blunt without needing to be and frankly nothing too interesting happens (this point could be argued I suppose, but suffice to say that, as the title may imply, this is one of "those" films and beyond that fact does nothing in particular with the subject matter).
The iconoclastic filmmaker pursued a path that was often considered taboo, explicit, and deviant — especially when compared to the traditionalists working alongside him throughout his career. Ôshima is probably best remembered for his 1976 historical drama, In the Realm of the Senses, which featured scenes of unsimulated sex between actors.
Controversy and censorship followed, but it wasn’t his only dalliance with eroticism, and Ôshima continued to reveal the forbidden in his films, while shedding light on political and cultural grievances. Sexy is entirely subjective, and we wanted to remember other oft-forgotten foreign films that explored the provocative and erotic.