Archive of films Spider Tattoo / Irezumi

1966, 86 min

Section: Tribute to Yasuzô Masumura
Year: 2023


Long before the modern female revenge genre came into existence, there was The Spider Tattoo, Masumura’s mysterious, ferocious Edo-era fable. Ayako Wakao is Otsuya, the daughter of a wealthy merchant who gets kidnapped and forced into prostitution. A demented tattoo artist engraves a large, black, human-faced spider on her back that turns her into a murderess, hell-bent on annihilating the men who abused her. A star-studded collaboration adapted from renowned author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki's novel by writer-director Kaneto Shindô (The Naked Island, Onibaba) and photographed by the legendary Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) in entrancing, sumptuous Eastmancolor, The Spider Tattoo is Masumura’s most visually striking film.

Joseph Fahim


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Tribute to Yasuzô Masumura
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Screenplay: Kaneto Shindo podle předlohy / based on the novel by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
Dir. of Photography: Kazuo Miyagawa
Music: Hajime Kaburagi
Sound: Masao Osumi
Editor: Kanji Suganuma
Art Director: Yoshinobu Nishioka
Production: DAIEI studio, Kadokawa Corporation
Cast: Ayako Wakao. Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto
Sales: Kadokawa Corporation

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