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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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Aya Sugimoto ...
Shizuko Tôyama
Renji Ishibashi ...
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 ...
Crucified woman / sacrificial woman
Miyako Kawahara ...
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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Also Known As:

Flower and Snake  »

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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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Merely a hard softcore flick, if you will.
21 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

A bondage, humiliation, S&M show, and not much else. The plot is flat, really just a banal setup for the stylishly depraved set-pieces. The host of the aforementioned show, a silly little man who spouts drivel while prancing around the stage in dresses, was almost as painfully distracting as the attempts at artful editing. The dream-like ending felt tacked on. To the film's credit though, Aya Sugimoto was fairly convincing as the tortured lead. Flower and Snake has been compared with Eyes Wide Shut but aside from some minor surface similarities, Kubrick's is easily the more layered, artistic, and atmospheric picture.


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