Snakes and Earrings (2008)
Hebi ni piasu (2008)
Runtime: 123 min
Genre : Thriller
Movie release : 20 September 2008 (Japan)
Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Writers: Hitomi Kanehara (based upon the novel), Takuya Miyawaki (screenplay).
Stars: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Kengo Kôra, Arata Iura
Like the wonderful book this was based on, the film is a small little gem. One that revolves around just three people. It explores the ‘dark’ world they come from, full of piercings, tattoos and rough sex. The film is very sensual but doesn’t exclude passion from proceedings. Everything in the film is detailed as some form of release from the suffocating world each character finds them self in. Shot with utter simplicity, the development of the main tattoo is the perfect metaphor for the development of the female lead, as she becomes entwined with demons. The shots are calm and well considered, each one bringing to life a darker world in an accessible way. An excellent adaptation.
Snakes and Earrings Movie Trailer