Irezumi: Spirit of Tattoo
IREZUMI is aesthetically stunning with its brilliant use of colour and exquisit camerawork. The director focuses on the ritual aspects of sex and the orgasm as a liberator. The aging tattoo master Kyogoro is covering the back of the young woman Akane with a mythological image. She is distracted from the pain by being sexually pleased by Kyogoro’s potent young assistant. Akane discovers her sensuality and starts dreading the day the image is finished.
Yoichi Takabayashi is the pioneer of Japanese experimental and independent film. One of his early works, ISHIKKORO (1960), made a great impact on avant-garde filmmakers, and won the Gold Prize at the Monticatini International Amateur Film Festival and the Silver Prize at the Salerno International Film Festival in Italy. His commercial success flourished in the 70's with major films like: GAKI ZOSHI (1972), Grand Prize, International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg/International Critics' Week at Cannes Film Festival, MURDER IN HONJIN MANOR HOUSE (1975), including TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION (1976), Japanese Ministry of Culture Excellence Award. IREZUMI – SPIRIT OF TATTOO is his last film until now.