Irezumi (1966, JAP) C-86m. SCOPE *** D: Yasuzo Masamura. Starring Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto, Kei Sato, Reiko Fujiwara. Classic pink eiga movie about a young woman from a rich family, who runs away from home with her lover, is forced to become a geisha, then she meets a tattoo artist, who tattoos a tarantula on her back. Stark, powerful, if a bit stagey tale of the moral corruption of a woman. In fact, most other characters are immoral, too. Based on a novel by Junichirô Tanizaki. From the director of MOJU.

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