Snakes and Earrings

Synopsis: 19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the only way that she can feel she is alive. The tatoo designer, Shiba, is also getting curious about Rui due to his sadist split. Ama protects Rui with violence and Shiba is using violence to love her. A strange love triangle of violence and sex and Rui's body changed with a tatoo and a large piercing.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Yukio Ninagawa
  1 win.
123 min

Ever heard of a split tongue?

What's that? Like when it's forked?

Yeah, like a snake or a lizard.

People can have that done too, y'know.


Want to try "body modification"?

Mind if I come?


I meant on my stomach.

Sorry... my timing was off.

If you can't do it right,

use a condom.

Hey there...

Ama, long time no see.

This is Shiba-san. It's his store.

My girlfriend...

Oh, yeah?

You scored a cute one.

We want to get her tongue pierced.

Do bimbo's do that?

I'm not a bimbo.

She even mentioned

having it split.

Stick your tongue out.

Quite thin. Shouldn't hurt too much.

But at Korean restaurants

tongue's as tough as tripe.

Is it okay to make holes

in something that hard?

Good question, sister.

It's worse than doing your ears.

Think about it...

Making a big hole, it'll hurt.

Shiba-san, please don't scare her.

Lui, don't worry.

I went through it okay.

What are you talking about?

You practically fainted.

Whatever... Come on back.

Classic irezumi tattoos...

Maybe I'll get one.

Sit down.

Rinse your mouth.


Further out...

Hold it there.

Where do you want it?

Here we go.

Show me.

Good job.

It's in straight. Perfect position.

Right. Great?

Lui-chan, is it?

You're good with pain.

They say women bear this stuff best.

When it's the tongue... the genitals...

soft membranes...

some people faint, y'know.

Shiba-san, what do you think

of split tongues?

Split tongues?

Not like piercings and tattoos...

it's changing body shape.

An interesting idea

but nothing I want to try.

Modifying our form

is a right reserved for god alone.

If you were god, what kind of people

would you create?

I wouldn't change our shape.

I'd just create idiot people.

As stupid as chickens.

So they'd never figure out

the existence of god.

Would you show me your

tattoo designs sometime?


Call me if you like.

About piercing or whatever.

Whenever you want.

I owe you for my tongue.

Forget it.

Looking at you

brings out the sadist in me.

I'm a masochist so

I must emit that vibe.

I want to push needles in here.

Isn't that verging on "savage"?

I guess it is.

You know the English word, "savage"?

When it comes to cruelty

I got a wide vocabulary.

Hey, hands off another man's girl.

I'm just checking her skin.

For when it takes the needle.

There's something twisted

about this guy's smile.

No way. Oh my god...

It looks really painful.

What's got into you?

Why a tongue stud? It's not as if

you like rock or the Harajuku look.

But I got to know this punk

the other day.

Maybe he influenced me

or something...

What kind of guy?

He's punk-looking but inside

he's kind of new-age.

Doesn't make sense.

What do you think of irezumi?

You mean a tattoo? They're okay.

Butterflies, roses... cute.

No. More like, dragons, ukiyoe...

the not-so-cute stuff.

What's up with you?

The punk told you to get it done?

You going out with him?

Lui, don't tell me he brainwashed you.


Maybe that's it.

I want to follow through and

discover why I'm so turned on by this

so my mind's fixated

on getting my tongue split.

Hey Maki, want to meet him?

Here he is.

Are you joking?

The red-headed monkey.

I'm terrified...


Sorry, I look so scary.

No worries. Maybe a little.

This is Ama.

I'm Ama. Nice to meet you.

This is Maki.

You're the new-age guy

she told me about.

Walking with you,

everyone gets out of the way.

You're right. No-one hits on us.

No tissue-pack flyers, either.

So I come in handy?

A really useful guy.

Here we go.

It's really cool.

So you pierce your tongue,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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