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Irezumi (1982)

| Drama | 9 May 1984 (USA)
To satisfy her lover's fetish for tattooed women, Akane agrees to have her body covered in eloborate tattoos by Kyogoro, an old craftsman. Kyogoro has developed a special technique, by ... See full summary »

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Baku Akae (novel), Chiho Katsura
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Complete credited cast:
Masayo Utsunomiya Masayo Utsunomiya ... Akane
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Kyogoro / the Tatto Artist
Masaki Kyômoto ... Harutsune / Kyogoro's son-assistant
Harue Kyô Harue Kyô ... Katsuko / Kyogoro's adopted daughter
Yûsuke Takita Yûsuke Takita ... Fujeda / Akane's lover
Taiji Tonoyama ... Horiatsu
Naomi Shiraishi Naomi Shiraishi ... Haruna / Barmaid / Fujeda's ex-lover
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To satisfy her lover's fetish for tattooed women, Akane agrees to have her body covered in eloborate tattoos by Kyogoro, an old craftsman. Kyogoro has developed a special technique, by which his assistant, Harutsune, keeps Katsuko's mind off the pain while Kyogoro does his work. After the work is done, Harutsune makes the shocking discovery of how Kyogoro mastered his technique. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@tss.nec.co.jp>

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Country:

Japan

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Japanese

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9 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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Irezumi See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Spirit of Taboo
14 May 2007 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

In modern day Tokyo, all types of folks walk around with visible tattoos. From biker to rocker to punk it's very common now.

But back in 1982, tattoos meant one thing, Yakuza. That's the taboo.

A male getting inked meant loyalty, a woman meant ownership. Women ve-e-e-e-e-e-e-ry rarely got them. This talks about one that wanted to.

The subject was a show-stopper at the time. Controversy reigned. But it shows a gutsy move by the lead character and how she deals with life. The romantic interludes might be lost on those with not much knowledge of Japan. If you've been there, you'll get it though.

It moves a bit slow at times, and the print I saw was a bit dark, but it shows a part of Japanese society that's still has a bit of dodginess in it. The woman should be seen as a groundbreaker. Will you see her as one? Go find out.


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