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SNAKES AND EARRINGS
Japanese Official Website : http://hebi.gyao.jp/
Lui (Yuriko Toshitaka) is nineteen years old, beautiful, bored and unmotivated. When she meets Ama (Kengo Kora) in a bar, she finds herself mesmerized by his forked tongue and moves in with him and has her own tongue pierced. Determined to push her boundaries further, she asks Ama#s friend Shiba (Arata) to design an exquisite 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. Then, after a violent encounter on the backstreets of Tokyo, Ama vanishes and Lui must face up to the reality of her life...
Yukio Ninagawa - Director
Born in 1935, he is one of Japan#s most talented directors, having attracted audiences with his spectacular visual images. He has directed a wide range of productions, including foreign classics and modern plays. Performers he hires range from top stars and talented actors to popular idols, and his surprising casting choices always create a stir. He is the first Japanese who has directed "KING LEAR" in England, and has been highly praised overseas.
Hitomi Kanehara - Original Novel
Hitomi Kanehara was born in 1983 and left home as a teenager. During that time, she was emailing stories to her literary father who helped her edit them. "Snakes and Earrings" won the top Japanese literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, in 2004. One of the judges, the celebrated writer Ryu Murakami, said her book was "easily the top choice, receiving the highest marks of any work since I became a member of the selection panel." The Japanese edition of Snakes and Earrings has since topped bestseller lists and sold over a million copies, and also has been published in over 100 countries.
Original Novel Hitomi Kanehara
Producer Haruo Umekawa
Screen Play Takuya Miyawaki, Yukio Ninagawa
Music Masamichi Shigeno
Line Producer Yasushi Minatoya
Cinematographer Osamu Fujiishi
Production Designer Hisao Inagaki
Lighting Mitsuo Watanabe
Sound Recording Yutaka Tsurumaki
Editor Akimasa Kawashima
Costume DesignerJunko Katsumata
2008 / 35mm / 120mins. / Theatrical Release in Japan: September 2008