Watch: 花と蛇2 パリ／静子 2005 123movies, Full Movie Online – Tooyama, an aging impotent art critic, sends his much-younger wife, Shizuko, to Paris to evaluate the work of Ikegami, an artist he sponsors. She discovers she’s curious about sado-masochism, and soon she becomes Ikegami’s object of bondage as well as his muse. Encounters with Ikegami lead her into a shadowy world of wealthy patrons of ropes, humiliation, and slavery. Ikegami discovers his protective side, and Tooyama reenters the picture. Once Shizuko can reestablish control over her life, she can make a choice..
Plot: The beautiful Shizuko (Aya Sugimoto) and her husband Tooyama Takayoshi (Jo Shishido) have a loving relationship, But Takayoshi is getting older and isn’t always able to perform. His primary source of gratification involves observing his wife in sadomasochistic scenarios so he commissions a painter, skilled in the arts of bondage to bring these fantasies to life. Soon, Shiziko becomes a willing and submissive participant in fulfilling the S&M fantasies of not only her husband but a slew of rich lecherous men.
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Best movie made by Oniroku Dan or Takashi Ishii
It’s difficult to imagine that cute Aya Sugimoto who was the bikini idol of the ’80s have matured to play this role. But I’m impressed with the professionalism that she’s nurtured over the years, and she’s definitely not just an actress that can be watched, but an actress worth watching as an actor.
The combination of Oniroku Dan, and Takashi Ishii (who’s a comic artist asides from being a movie director, and probably drew the artwork shown in the computer at the beginning of the movie) carried over from part 1, and (imo) have created a better visual drama than part 1.
Oniroku Dan of course was Japan’s preeminent S&M novel writer, and his style shows in the way Sugimoto is bondaged, but compared to part 1 which he wrote in his 30s, this one seems to be a more modern creation. His classic style of woman (usually two of them) being abducted, taken to a secret place, and bondaged, and raped by multiple men (usually delinquents, or gangs) is also included in this story.
If all the nude scenes are taken out, this movie still could be viewed as a good drama, and a well produced movie. The visuals are very beautiful in this movie also.
This is the best movie I’ve seen made by Oniroku Dan or Takashi Ishii, and although I’m not a fan of either of them, if there’s one movie to watch made by them, this one is it.
Not as anarchic as original, but still potent, transgressive art
Aya Sugimoto is one of the most courageous and interesting actresses in the world today, a female volcano of carnality and rebellion. In FLOWER AND SNAKE 2 – Paris/SHIZOKU, a sequel that lacks the original’s sexual anarchy, she returns to the role that elevated her star two years ago by playing the wife of a wealthy art critic who subjects herself to various forms of masochism for the sake of her partner. Naturally, she begins to “enjoy” her treatment at the hands of sadistic men and, therefore, gets to express her “true nature”. Takahi Ishii’s sequel, which is set in Paris, rehashes some of the original, but also navigates new avenues. Produced and distributed by Toei, one of Japan’s leading film studios, this series is extraordinary for its audacious approach to subject matter no studio in any other country in the world would touch. This installment echoes some of Wakamatsu’s best work, and even recalls aspects of the French New Wave. The S & M scenarios, though quite explicit and cruel (relatively speaking), are beautifully shot and highly erotic. There is an exciting thread of incest here, in addition to mild golden games, bondage and suspension, and gorgeously photographed and staged “rape”. Kenichi Endo, who appeared as a different character in the original, acquits himself well as Sugimoto’s abuser, an artist whose genius she is sent to determine. The original, which was Ishii’s version of what “Eyes Wide Shut” should have been, is a stronger pic, recreating for me the vibe of 80’s Nikkatsu shockers such as “Captured For Sex”. This follow-up, which boasts a sensational and appropriate climax, has a few slow moments, but it is still a deliciously transgressive piece of dark art.
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (South Korea)
Director Takashi Ishii
Writer Oniroku Dan, Takashi Ishii
Actors Aya Sugimoto, Ken’ichi Endô, Fujiko
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta HDW-F900R, Fujinon Cine Super E Series Lenses
Laboratory Toei Labo Tech, Tokyo, Japan (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format HDCAM
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision 2383)