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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 »

Director:

Takashi Ishii

Writers:

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

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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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Followed by Flower & Snake II (2005) See more »

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Remind me of 8mm and Eyes Wide Shut
11 January 2005 | by cooleonSee all my reviews

Remind me of Nicholas Cage's 8mm about smurf films and Stanley Kubrik's wild and last Eyes Wide Shut(mind my spelling if some are wrong). Other than that, too complicated and obsessed for sex, nude, violence, to comprehend what it's trying to say, like many other Japanese flicks. Maybe it's not about understanding what the movie is trying to say, but just movie as it is. Well, at least the actress is pretty, seems a little old for all that bold numerous nude shots. I wonder how much she, the character, suffered 'and' enjoyed the whole ordeal. She DID enjoyed it, I think!!! I probably will not watch it again nor buy a DVD. But, it was good strange flick. I enjoy change of scenery time to time. Ciao^^


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 March 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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