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Flower and Snake (2004)

Hana to hebi (original title)
Tôyama, a weak-willed businessman, is in debt to the Yakuza; they also have a video of him bribing a government minister. To clear his debts, he agrees to let them drug and kidnap his wife ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aya Sugimoto ...
Renji Ishibashi ...
Ippei Tashiro
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Kanzô Morita
Misaki Mori ...
Kyôko Nojima (as Misaki)
Yôzaburô Itô ...
Clown man
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi ...
Ryô Eguchi
Shun Nakayama ...
Kazuo Kawada
Shigeo Kobayashi ...
Naoki Matsuda ...
Tomoo Yageta ...
Taeko Uzuki ...
Crucified woman / sacrificial woman
Miyako Kawahara ...
Blake Crawford
Mr. Buddhaman ...
Kudô (as Misutâ Buttaman)
Tomezô Tsunokake ...


Tôyama, a weak-willed businessman, is in debt to the Yakuza; they also have a video of him bribing a government minister. To clear his debts, he agrees to let them drug and kidnap his wife Shizuko, Japan's queen of the tango, and subject her to the proclivities of a 95-year-old voyeur, who's a Yakuza boss. After a masked ball, Shizuko is taken prisoner; she fights her captors, submitting only when the life of Kyôko, her female bodyguard, is threatened. Tôyama feels regret and seeks to buy back Shizuko, but by this time, she may be enjoying her situation. Is she, or is she pretending in order to protect herself and Kyôko? Would she want a way out if there is one? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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softcore porn


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Release Date:

13 March 2004 (Japan)  »

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Flower and Snake  »

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The film is based on an S&M novel written by Oniruku Dan which has reached cult status in Japan. There have been several prior film adaptations of the novel: a 1968 Pink film (Hana to hebi yori: niku no shiiku), a 1974 Roman porno with Naomi Tani in her first starring role for Nikkatsu studio, and a 3-film Nikkatsu series (1985-1987). See more »


Version of Flower and Snake (1974) See more »

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Ice Queen Princess Learns Lust
18 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is what Eyes Wide Shut should have been. This is Zalman King eroticism with a sharp story line and excellent acting. Super erotic without blatant pornography; that would seem to be the test of great acting/directing/storytelling. I'd give it 10 but the ending seems subject to much interpretation. Although much of the movie is involved in bondage and forms of S&M, I get easily bored if THAT'S all that is going on. There's much more to this, the sequences do not feel contrived, and the reaction of the actors seems very genuine. This is not a slasher/blood splatter flick. In many respects, this is more erotic than what an actual porn flick would be. Overall, a very well done movie!

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