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Hebi ni piasu (2008)

19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the... See full summary »

Director:

Yukio Ninagawa

Writers:

Hitomi Kanehara (based upon the novel), Takuya Miyawaki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yuriko Yoshitaka Yuriko Yoshitaka ... Louis
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Ama
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Shiba (as Arata)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yû Abiru Yû Abiru ... Max
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Satoru Yokoyama, Yakuza killed by Ama
Ennosuke Ichikawa IV Ennosuke Ichikawa IV ... Detective (as Kamejirô Ichikawa)
Rakkyo Ide
Toshiaki Karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa ... Police Officer at reception desk
Shun Oguri
Masafumi Senô Masafumi Senô
Sonim Sonim ... Yuri
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19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the only way that she can feel she is alive. The tatoo designer, Shiba, is also getting curious about Rui due to his sadist split. Ama protects Rui with violence and Shiba is using violence to love her. A strange love triangle of violence and sex and Rui's body changed with a tatoo and a large piercing. Written by Kanagon

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Snakes and Earrings See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Interesting subject matter, but extremely bland characters
9 June 2012 | by marlee-4See all my reviews

I see myself as someone who's reasonably capable of separating movies from the books they're based on, but in this case it is just too difficult.

The book Snakes and Earrings is actually pretty good. The story is about a girl who suffers from some kind of depression that makes her so numb she has to feel pain to feel alive. The film is about a really annoying girl who just seems... for lack of a better word: stupid.

I'm not gonna spoil the plot, I'll just say that I found the film an interesting example of how a good story can turn bad when the filmmaker forgets to focus on characters and their wants and needs. Frankly, all of the characters in the film version were extremely underdeveloped, especially the female one. I don't want my time back, I'm just a bit disappointed.


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