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Hana to hebi (2004)

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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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 ...
Yoshizawa
Naoki Matsuda ...
Murata
Tomoo Yageta ...
Tsuchiya
Taeko Uzuki ...
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Chiyo
Blake Crawford
Mr. Buddhaman ...
Kudô (as Misutâ Buttaman)
Tomezô Tsunokake ...
Kashiwagi
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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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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 »

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greatest film ever made featuring extreme bondage and ballroom dancing
28 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first of director Takashi Ishii's own versions of this tale of BDSM and honour, following the very first in 1974. Here we have a much more sexy tale, a lot of the edge has been smoothed away. We still have an enema scene of sorts here but it is by no means as central to the lead character's degradation as it was in the first films. So, whilst this film will appear totally unacceptable to the average film-goer, it is much easier and less uncomfortable to fans of extreme Japanese cinema. In some ways this may be a more transgressive movie because we do come extremely close here to an acceptance, possibly an enjoyment and even an empowerment as a result of the pain, suffering and ultimate 'showing of the real face'. Having said all that for those partial to the sight of female bodies in exquisite bondage, this is the movie for you. Pubic hair is also, unusually, on view and this is certainly the greatest film ever made featuring extreme bondage and ballroom dancing. The men come off very badly, as usual, spending all their time in power games whilst they hand the power straight to the ladies.


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