Fruits of Passion

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Fruits of Passion
Fruits de la passion.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Shūji Terayama
Produced by Anatole Dauman
Hiroko Govars
Eiko Kujo
Screenplay by Shūji Terayama
Rio Kishida
Based on Retour à Roissy 
by Pauline Réage
Starring Klaus Kinski
Cinematography Tatsuo Suzuki
Edited by Henri Colpi
Release dates
  • 3 June 1981 (1981-06-03)
Running time 83 minutes
Country France
Japan
Language French
Japanese
English

Fruits of Passion (French: Les fruits de la passion, Japanese: 上海異人娼館/チャイナ・ドール (Shanghai Ijin Shōkan - China Doll?)) is a 1981 French-Japanese co-production directed by Shūji Terayama and starring Klaus Kinski. The film is loosely based on the novel Retour à Roissy by Pauline Réage, written as a sequel to the Story of O.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

The lead characters of the Story of O and Retour à Roissy novels, Sir Stephen and O, are placed in southern China where Sir Stephen owns a casino. Sir Stephen places O in a Chinese brothel for "training" and O is then subjected to a variety of humiliating experiences to prove her unconditional obedience. A sub-plot concerns a coolie rebellion due to the resentment towards Europeans by the local population and a young man desperate to afford O's favors at the brothel.[2][3][4]

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released in France on 3 June 1981 as Les fruits de la passion and as Shanghai Ijin Shōkan - China Doll in Japan with censoring of the pubic areas in November 1981.[4] The USA release as Fruits of Passion with English dubbing occurred in November 1982. A version in Japanese with English subtitles on VHS tape and DVD was published as Fruits of Passion - The Story of "O" Continued on 20 June 2000.[5] A digitally remastered version of the film was released in Japan in Japanese, English and French with Japanese subtitles in December 2005.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reaction to the film has been mixed, Roberta Novielli described it as "shallow and decadent" and Jasper Sharp calls it "minor Terayama" whose "charms are mainly cosmetic", the costuming, sets and cinematography.[4] Thomas and Yuko Mihara Weisser give the movie three stars out of four but say it is based on the "look" of the film and not on its narrative or coherence.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times: Fruits of Passion". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b 上海異人娼館/チャイナ・ドール(1981) (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  3. ^ a b Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books: Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 160, 177. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  4. ^ a b c Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 197–198. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  5. ^ "Fruits of Passion - The Story of "O" Continued". amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  6. ^ 上海異人娼館 チャイナ・ドール デジタルリマスター版 (in Japanese). www.amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

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