Les Fruits de la passion (1981)

aka: Fruits of Passion
Dir: Shûji Terayama

Film Review

Les Fruits de la passion picture
Les Fruits de la passion is a French-Japanese film drama first released in 1981, directed by Shûji Terayama. Cinematography was by Tatsuo Suzuki and the film was scored by J.A. Seazer. It is based on a novel by Dominique Aury and stars Isabelle Illiers, Klaus Kinski, Arielle Dombasle, Pîtâ and Keiko Niitaka. It has also been released under the title: Fruits of Passion.   It is an Argos Films production, produced by Anatole Dauman and distributed by Toho-Towa. Location filming was in Hong Kong, China.   It is a color film and runs to 1 hour and 23 minutes.  

Our overall rating for Les Fruits de la passion is: good - passable entertainment.

The actor Klaus Kinski has also appeared in: The Counterfeit Traitor (1962), Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972), Mort d'un pourri (1977) and Fitzcarraldo (1982).

Other drama films of the 1980s from France that you may be interested in are: Theodoros Angelopoulos's The Beekeeper (1986), Jacques Doillon's La Fille de 15 ans (1989), Claude Berri's Jean de Florette (1986), Anne-Marie Miéville's Le Livre de Marie (1984) and Claude Chabrol's Une affaire de femmes (1988).

Film Credits

  • Director: Shûji Terayama
  • Script: Dominique Aury (novel), Shûji Terayama, Rio Kishida
  • Cinematographer: Tatsuo Suzuki
  • Music: J.A. Seazer
  • Cast: Isabelle Illiers (O), Klaus Kinski (Sir Stephen), Arielle Dombasle (Nathalie), Pîtâ (Madame), Keiko Niitaka (Aisen), Sayoko Yamaguchi (Sakuya), Hitomi Takahashi (Byakuran), Miyuki Ono (Kasen), Kenichi Nakamura (Le jeune homme, Ogaku), Akiro Suetsugu (Obana), Renji Ishibashi (Kato), Takeshi Wakamatsu (Le gardien de la maison), Georges Wilson (Le narrateur), Maria Meriko (La mort), Makiko Hirasawa (Autres demoiselles), Kaoru Iinuma (Autres demoiselles), Keiko Asano (Autres demoiselles), Toshihiko Hino (Le nain), Toshiya Fujita (Les clients), Kimiaki Makino (Les clients), Yuichi Minato (Les clients), Akira Shoji (Les clients), Taiji Tonoyama (Les clients), Hôsei Komatsu (Le père du jeune homme), Yoko Ran (La soeur du jeune homme)
  • Editor: Henri Colpi
  • Costume designer: Kaisik Wong
  • Producer: Anatole Dauman, Hiroko Govars, Eiko Kujo
  • Production company: Argos Films, Jinriki Hikoki Sha
  • Country: France / Japan
  • Language: Cantonese / Japanese / English / French
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 83 min
  • Aka: Fruits of Passion

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