Oct 05

Snakes and Earrings (2008) aka Hebi ni Piasu

Lui is nineteen years old, beautiful, bored and unmotivated. When she meets Ama 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 Amas friend Shiba 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.

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Oct 02

Like a Rolling Stone (1994) aka Bô no kanashimi

Tanaka is a yakuza who collects ‘protection money’ from establishments. He has just been released from jail, where he had spent eight years, and finds out that his boss wants to get rid of him. Tanaka is not an archetypal yakuza; he travels by public transport. But he does have two mistresses: Ayumi, who runs a nightclub, and Yoshie, a brothel-keeper. When Tanaka’s boss ends up in hospital, second man Kurauchi exerts increasing pressure on Tanaka. Tanaka deliberately has himself wounded by a fighter to dodge several of Kurauchi’s demands.

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Sep 29

XX Beautiful Hunter (1994) aka XX: Utsukushiki karyuudo

Shion is the most merciless assassin of the Magnificat crime group. However, when her hand and heart hesitate to murder the man she loves, her superior marks her for death. Torn from the crime lords who were her only family, Shion must choose between a life of killing and a life on the run.

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