Sex in Asian Cinema
AbstractIN JAPAN, the euphemistic term for the sex cinema is "pink films" (pinku-eiga) or "roman poruno" (romance pornography) while the Filipinos call it "bomba". In pre-and-post-1997 Hong Kong, sex films are rated and popularly known as Category III (adult audience only). No matter how sex films are termed, this genre still raises a lot of ire, from the censors as well as from the public. Last year, many film productions in the Philippines were suspended for fear of more censorship. The promise of naked flesh and the chimera of sexual release has always made the appetite for this genre insatiable. Yet the more interesting films have posed complex emotional, psychological and existential questions. For instance, the male fear of emasculation was seen in the breakthrough "hardcore" sex film, Nagisa Oshima's Ai no corrida (In The Realm Of The Senses, 1976), based on a true story in Tokyo in 1936,...