NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Tattooed Core of Flower

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Tattooed Core of Flower
Kashinno irezumi: Ureta tsubo | Masaru Konuma, 1976
Japan | Japanese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 74 minutes

In this pink film with Elektra overtones, the widowed Michiyo reawakens sexually after being drugged and defiled by a merchant, and becomes haunted by memories of a youthful affair. Meanwhile, her college-age daughter begins her first sexual relationship with a boy who’s oddly reminiscent of Michiyo’s lover. With the simultaneous grace and severity of a Kabuki play, the two women antagonistically vie for his attention. Konuma’s expertly staged erotic scenes and torrid symbolism are sure to electrify.

Series: NYFF Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

Venue: New York Film Festival

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