Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 25th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 1974
Director: Masaru Konuma
Cast: Hiroko Fuji, Yasuhiko Ishizu, Nagatoshi Sakamoto, Akira Takahashi, Naomi Tani
DVD released: August 28th, 2007
Approximate running time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Japanese
DVD Release: Exploitation Digital
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Flower & Snake ‘74’ was directed by Masaru Konuma who also directed other classic Roman Porno’s like Wife to Be Sacrificed. Flower & Snake ‘74’ stars one of the Roman Porno’s most famous starlets Naomi Tani who also starred in these Roman Porno’s Wife to Be Sacrificed, She-Beasts, Warm Bodies and History of Women’s Torture. Flower & Snake ‘74’ is based on the Oniroku Dan novel “Hana to hebi” and it has been adapted into several films including Flower & Snake (2004) and Flower & Snake 2 (2005).
The plot for Flower & Snake ‘74’ is one of the more interesting and perverse out of the Roman Porno’s released in the North America with English subtitles so far. Masaru Konuma’s direction is breath taking in its daring and inventive compositions. The flashback scene is done in an oversaturated deep red tint which adds to the moment’s surreal and at times bizarre imagery. There is wall to wall sex going on in Flower & Snake ‘74’ with women being twisted and stretched every way imaginable. If you have seen any other Roman Porno’s then you will be thoroughly satisfied with the many ways in how the camera shows just enough while covering ups the naughtiest bits.
The films story is one of its strongest assets and having a son overcome his impotence when he becomes infatuated with his bosses wife who he is supposed to be making submissive. In many the ways the mother in the film represents an overbearing mother who sheltering of her son through the years only further hurt him. So much happens in this film and it is hard to believe that it was only seventy ours minutes long. Ultimately Flower & Snake ‘74’ has all the right ingredients and a spellbinding performance from its lead actress Naomi Tani making it one of the best examples of what a Roman Porno should be.
Flower & Snake 74 looks really good for a film that is thirty three years old. The image looks detailed and sharp through out. Colors and flesh tones look faithfully accurate with the all red scenes looking the deepest of red.
This release comes with only one audio option the films original Japanese language and English subtitles have been included. The audio mix is more then adequate and there are no audio defects or distortion problems.
The extras are kind of light as they mostly consist of trailers and a gallery of stills (12 stills). Flower & Snake 74 is one of the best Roman Porno’s to be released to date on DVD in North America and now fans of this rarely seen genre can finally appreciate it via Exploitation Digital’s DVD.