Flower and Snake (2004)





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In this erotically charged drama, Shizuko (Aya Sugimoto) is a beautiful and talented dancer who feels like her husband no longer cares for her, and has begun to indulge in sexual fantasies of sadomasochistic edge play. When her husband falls deep in debt to a powerful gangster, Shizuko is kidnapped by members of the yakuza and held for ransom until he makes good on what he owes. To prove they mean business, the gangsters force Shizuko to take part in a series of perverse S & M performances, but Shizuko finds that her "punishment" is beginning to reflect the rough treatment of which she's been dreaming. Hana to Hebi (aka Flower and Snake) was written and directed by Japanese underground auteur Takashi Ishii, adapted from a novel by Oniroku Dan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Flower and Snake

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aspires to be more than a porn film, but the only memories you'll take away from it are images of Shizuko bound into insanely cruel positions. Enjoy

Full Review… | November 18, 2006

Audience Reviews for Flower and Snake

This modern Japanese erotic thriller is an interesting throw back to the violent pinku eiga films of earlier decades, but with that rich, glossy film quality that makes it much more visually captivating, complete with some beautiful and startling imagery. The sex scenes range from disturbing to sexy, with plenty of overlap, and if you don’t see how that's possible then you can probably skip this one, unless you're curious. The story was also intriguing enough to hold my interest, and although the psychology of the characters may not be deep, it's there nonetheless, helped along by solid acting. This is pretty impressive for an artsy exploitation film, but that's why I felt so let down by the perplexing and poorly written twist at the end, which was completely unnecessary.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

Coudda been so much more. Plus the Italian/ German 70's sexploitataion rip-off didn't go over well with me.

Miklos Philips
Miklos Philips

Based on an old Japanese legend this is one of the hottest and most beautifully film S&M parable I ever seen.Not mfor everyone but my good friends would like it.

Dukey Flyswatter
Dukey Flyswatter

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