• Dir: Masumura Yasuzo

  • Japan, 1966, Japanese, 86mins, DCP

  • Cast: Wakao Ayako, Hasegawa Akio, Yamamoto Gaku

With Shindo Kaneto’s screenplay and Miyagawa Kazuo’s cinematography, Masumura turns Tanizaki Junichiro’s debut novel into a visually arresting tale of vengeance and betrayal. Delivering another fantastic performance, Wakao plays a young woman who is sold to a geisha house and branded with a spider tattoo, evoking her supernatural thirst for feeding on men and urge for regaining control over her life. In ukiyo-e like imagery infused with darkness, lust and violence, the creation of this fantastically sadistic and resilient woman character is an entrancing blend of power reversal and sexual emancipation.     


In-theatre Screening


1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

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