Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 23rd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, December 5th, 1987
Director: Masayuki Asao
Writer: Shûji Kataoka
Cast: Mai Hayami, Kaoru Mizuki, Takeo Shinkai, Yuischi Minato, Kenji Kodama, Shihori Nagasaka, Jun Nakahara
DVD released: 2008
Approximate running time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
Subtitles: English & Chinese
DVD Release: Panorama Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 3 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: $14.95
The screenplay for Flower and Snake 5: Rope Magic was written by director Shûji Kataoka who other notable films include S&M Hunter Begins and S&M Hunter.
The plot for Flower and Snake 5: Rope Magic is yet another adaptation of Oniroku Dan’s novel Flower and Snake (Hana To Hebi). The set up is simple and to the point. A young man named Nozawa concocts a revenge scheme after his girlfriend Kumiko’s father, a construction tycoon refuses to loan him money. What starts out as an attempt to extort money! Quickly takes a more perverse turn when the men who Nozawa has aligned himself, with decided that they that they are going keep the blackmail money and transform Kumiko and her step mother Shitsuko into submissive nymphomaniacs.
The film progresses with a series of degradation scenes that retread ground covered in previous Flower and Snake adaptations. The most satisfying moment in the film is unfortunately the film’s twisted ending. Besides the jaw dropping ending, the only other moment in the film that is worth noting is a scene where Kumiko and Shitsuko, are put on a seesaw like contraption which has Opium that runs towards the side that is lowered and into each woman’s crotch. Ultimately Flower and Snake 5: Rope Magic is an uneventful film that just goes through the motions.
Panorama presents Flower and Snake 5: Rope Magic, in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. The colors and flesh tones fare well while there are instances where the image looks too soft. There are a few instances of digital fogging during some of the film’s more graphic sex acts. Also the interlaced image does exhibit some ghosting which varies in degree of severity. Overall this transfer is not as strong as Panorama’s transfers for Flower and Snake: Sketch of Hell, Flower and Snake 3: Punishment and Flower and Snake 4: White Uniform Rope Slave.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese and two subtitles options have been included English and Chinese. There are some spelling and grammatical errors present through the English subtitle track. Overall the audio mix fares well as it sound clear and evenly balanced.
Outside of static menu with three options play the film, chapter selection and subtitle options, there is no actual extra content. Overall this is a mediocre DVD release from Panorama that leaves plenty of room for improvement.