Dazzling Tale of Lust and the Extremes of Love
Another Masterpiece from the director of BLIND
Japanese Title: IREZUMI [Tattoo]
also known as THE SPIDER TATTOO
director: Yasuzo Masumura
starring: Ayako Wakao · Akio
· Kei Satô
· Jun Fujikawa
beautiful but strong-headed young woman from a middle-class family is
abducted into a geisha house. Her pimp forcibly tattoos the image of a
spider on her back (thus ensuring that she will never be able to leave
the job of prostitution. She eventually accepts her fate but Otsuya becomes
hell-bent on vengeance against all men, especially those who possess her
body. She takes advantage of her position in the brothel and begins a
campaign of bloody vengeance. Meanwhile - as Otsuya thrives in a corrupt,
yet elegant, life - former lover Yoshiwara is prowling the red districts
of Yoshiwara looking for her.
This is beautiful film, with vibrant cinematography
that somehow is even more accentuated by the prolific bloody action and
the over-the-top denouement. Here is an absolute gem from the classic
epoch of Japanese cinema. Perhaps it is not as maniac as director Yasuzo
BEAST nor as significant as his RED
ANGEL. But it's audacious while being bold, bright and beautiful.
Mr Masumura, who originally studied film and philosophy in Rome during
the '50s after getting a law degree from Tokyo University, died from a
cerebral hemorrhage November 1986, at age 62.
with English subtitles; widescreen format,
uncut (86 minutes), extras include theatrical trailer.
for Mature Audiences