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Irezumi (1966)

A seductive woman gets kidnapped into prostitution. After getting a spider tattoo made on her back, she grows vengeful, leaving several men in her path.


Yasuzô Masumura

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Credited cast:
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Akio Hasegawa Akio Hasegawa ... Shinsuke
Gaku Yamamoto Gaku Yamamoto ... Tattoo artist Seikichi
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Hatamoto Serizawa
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Jun Fujikawa Jun Fujikawa
Reiko Fujiwara Reiko Fujiwara ... Otaki
Tadashi Iwata Tadashi Iwata
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura
Kazuo Moriuchi Kazuo Moriuchi
Kikue Môri Kikue Môri ... Shinsuke's mother
Shôzô Nanbu Shôzô Nanbu
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Kenji
Kimiko Tachibana Kimiko Tachibana
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida ... Tokubei


A mysterious tattoo artist puts his masterpiece, a human-faced spider, on a kidnapped woman's back. She and her lover are then forced into a conspiracy-born nightmare, where they face the danger of becoming the very evil they seek to escape. With each new bloody incident, the spider's face seems to redden with ever-growing hunger... Written by MichelleYeohFan

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Release Date:

15 January 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tatouage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pure art
8 December 2015 | by athena-no-saintoSee all my reviews

Wonderful film based on a novel by Juinichiro Tanizaki, directed by one of the bad boys of 60's Japanese cinema, Yasuzo Masumura and starred by a brilliant and beautiful Ayako Wakao, who plays Otsuya, a beautiful young woman from a middle-class merchant family who is abducted into geisha work, and who catches one day the eye of Seikichi, a tattoo master who marks her back with a huge, monstrous spider. From that moment on, Otsuya will take her revenge with every man who shared her bed..

A very perverse story of revenge full of elegant erotism, not showing graphic nude or sex scenes but showing highly suggestive shots (which are more than enough) and made in a very poetical way, I've always been a big fan of how Japanese filmmakers were able to mix entertainment with art.

The film is also a reflect of how obsessive and toxic relationships always lead to a tragic ending and is up to the spectator to decide if Ayako Wakao's character is a victim of circumstances or responsible of it or maybe the spider on her back is the cause of her misconduct and bad manners....


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