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Flower & Snake 74 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000QGDXI4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. P. Underwood on 1 Feb. 2009
Trying to sort out just which of this series in which is quite a task with three versions
made in the 80s and then two remakes in this decade by Takashi Ishii, also under the title of Flower and Snake. I remember having a video with the title Flower and Snake 4 and believe that must have been the first Ishii film with the numbering ignoring the very first film. And after that preamble, on to the original 1974 Flower and Snake ( the box of which incorrectly credits Ishii with the direction!). Unlike the Ishii films which have all the tight bondage scenes but are a bit, sexed up, shall we say, this is very grim indeed at times. Having said that, one of the more gruelling scenes involving an extensive forced enema, the sequence is ultimately played for laughs! But then the first bondage rape scene ends up being played as romantic, so be prepared for anything and never imagine you will be able to anticipate a good Japanese film maker. Devastating and philosophical, horrifying and whimsical by turns, this outrageous and stupendous piece of film making ultimately presents us with the most controversial of images as the bound slave visibly controls her `masters' and as the film closes on a freeze frame as cynical as any Bunuel, she recruits another.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Naomi Tani 17 Mar. 2008
By Machine Guy Will - Published on
This film featuring the lovely Naomi Tani does not take itself nearly
as seriously as "Wife To Be Sacrificed". A more apt description would
be a darkly humored BDSM/alternative lifestyles erotic comedy. If you like really tight Japanese style ropework on a stunningly beautiful woman, you will probably like this film. The comedic elements stop short of all-out slapstick. It is nicely shot on a decent budget. The Media-Blasters DVD is of good play quality. There is a noticeable edit jump during one scene and may have been from the print this was transferred from. It really does not distract from the story at all. This sort of film is not to everyone's taste, but if you like BDSM and nice ropework this is worth having. There are few quality films with actual story lines involving this sort of subject matter and this is one of them.
It is also worth having just for Naomi Tani.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Pleasures That 'Bind', Exploit-Asian Style... 20 Aug. 2010
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on
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The original classic directed by Masaru Konuma ('Wife To Be Sacrificed', 'Secrets Of A Cloistered Nun', among others) that spawned the S&M 'Roman Porno' cycle of Asian exploitation after the 'Pinky Violence' era began losing steam. Asian culture is entrenched with some of the most twisted s**t I've ever seen (and I mean that as praise), that's why I'm such a huge fan of their films - they've been employing these crazed forms of behavior for centuries and make it seem (almost) normal, natural as well as socially acceptable as we oblivious occidentals gasp in disbelief. Ya gotta love these folks for this, and I, for one, certainly do.

Shizuko (Naomi Tani, Japan's reigning queen of S+M during the 70's) is the aristocratic wife of an older Japanese business owner who repulses her. So she enlists the aid of her lifelong maid to act as surrogate to appease her husband's sexual desires. After she threatens to divorce him, he encourages his employee, Makoto, to abduct her and 'train' her in the ways of sexual submissiveness. Here's a slice of dialogue: The employee says "Your wife - she's beautiful." The hubby replies, "Want to tie her up? She's an aristocrat and I want to destroy her pride by training her to surrender." When Makoto agrees, her husband says, "I'll put sleeping pills in her tea, you can take her then. Train her well. Photograph her when she's emptying her bowels. The pictures will make her stay with me..." WTF?

This is just the beginning of the twisted madness that ensues, the tip of an iceberg so perverse it would sink the Titanic. With the assistance of his domineering mother (who traumatized him as a boy, but that's a whole 'nother can of worms we won't delve into here), who owns an adult toy/book store and shoots S&M pornography on the side, they break Shizuko's will and train her to enjoy the pleasures of bondage and humiliation. Whew.

A bizarre gem of phantasmagorical perversities that we Americans never get exposure to (and I'm not quite certain if that's a good thing or not, 'cause we're pretty screwed up ourselves), Naomi Tani gives her usual amazingly realistic performance, and the ending is pretty far out - kind of like Takashi Miike's equally twisted 'Visitor Q'. Viola, there you have it, sick, sensual, sardonic and dripping with black humor so we don't get too repulsed at the onslaught onscreen. If you're still reading this, you'll love it...
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you liked wife to be sacrificed... 23 Dec. 2007
By walter tierno - Published on
... you will like this one. The new version is better. But this is not bad at all.
3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Soft SM 19 April 2008
By The Master - Published on
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Flower and Snake '74 This is a lighthearted Romantic SM Movie; With the male dominating. The script is rather loose and film is poorly executed; The problem with Japanese Films is that there are no pussy shots; And we are left to use our imagination for the erotic scenes. The other problem with most movies today is that erotic is not about Male ejaculation but about female orgasm. Overall a Good Movie.
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