Snakes and Earrings
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Snakes and Earrings

General info
Original title: Hebi Ni Piasu (蛇にピアス)
Country: Japan
Year: 2008
Genre: Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.6 104 votes
Plot: Lui, a beautiful, bored and unmotivated 19-year-old girl, spends her time clubbing and working as a compensated date for business executives. One night she meets Ama, a tattooed, mohawked, extensively-pierced punk who sweeps her off her feet by offering to show her his forked tongue. They start dating and Lui becomes obsessed with splitting her own tongue like Ama. Then he introduces her to his friend Shiba, the quiet but menacing owner of a tattoo and piercing parlour. Determined to push her boundaries further, Lui asks Shiba to design an exclusive tattoo for her back. But what Shiba demands as payment for the tattoo leads Lui into a brutal and explicit love triangle like no other.
  • Snakes and Earrings based on a novella by Hitomi Kanehara, that won Akutagawa Prize in 2003, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan, making her the youngest person ever to receive this honor.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 123

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Tags: Snakes and Earrings, Hebi Ni Piasu, 2008, Japanese movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

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Snakes and Earrings
Nippon Cinema, by Kevin Ouellette source:
«Unexpectedly brave performances manage to keep this one interesting in the beginning, but it’s ultimately crushed under the weight of its own plodding, heavy-handed narrative. Two hours would probably be better spent reading the book.»
Toronto J-Film Pow-Wo, by Chris MaGee source:
«there is the problem of "Snakes and Earrings" main character. Whether it was due to the original novel or Ninagawa's handling of the source material we're left with too many "whys" when it comes to Liu. ... Hints to her motivations would have turned "Snakes and Earrings" into one of the strongest films of 2008, but instead it ends up being a gorgeously crafted, but dramatically flawed work.»
Variety, by RUSSELL EDWARDS source:
«There's always a market for intense, S&M-themed Japanese drama, and this effort from respected theater director Yukio Ninagawa is better mounted than most, but its despairing atmosphere turns sex into a dull grind. Fest programmers looking for sushi-flavored "strange" will line up, and latenight auds and ancillary cultists will follow suit.»
Twitch, by Charles Webb source:
«the movie is being touted as something kinky and transgressive with its focus on body modification and light bondage sex. Sadly this is the worst kind of “dirty” film that unable to titillate with its almost quaint ideas of what constitutes kink and the worst kind of art film that is unable to stimulate given its vacuous characters and inane situations.»

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Ninagawa, YukioNINAGAWA Yukio
Kanehara, HitomiKANEHARA Hitomi
SHIGENO Masamichi
Amuse Soft EntertainmentAmuse Soft Entertainment
Arc Entertainment
Point Break Pictures
Studio Three Co. Ltd.


Yoshitaka, YurikoYOSHITAKA Yuriko
as Lui
Kora, KengoKORA Kengo
as Ama
as Shiba
Abiru, YûABIRU Yû
as Maki
as Yuri
Ichikawa, KamejirôICHIKAWA Kamejirô
Ide, RakkyoIDE Rakkyo
Fujiwara, TatsuyaFUJIWARA Tatsuya
Oguri, ShunOGURI Shun
Karasawa, ToshiakiKARASAWA Toshiaki

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