In one of the most controversial films of all time, a servant (Eiko Matsuda) begins a passionate, dangerous affair with her master (Tatsuya Fuji) in pre-World War II Japan. This graphic tale of sexual obsession was based on the true story of one Sada Abe, who erotically asphyxiated her lover.
Opening the 1976 Quinzaine, Nagisa Oshima’s widely-banned and barrier-breaking classic no doubt remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A provocative depiction of disturbing sexual obsession, and, equally, an incendiary (if overshadowed!) critique of Japanese society.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria