The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Irezumi (Spider Tattoo). 1966. Japan. Directed by Yasuzô Masumura. With Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa. Courtesy of Japan Society

Irezumi (The Spider Tattoo). 1966. Japan. Directed by Yasuzo Masumura. Screenplay by Kaneto Shindo. With Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto. In Japanese; English subtitles. 86 min.

In this darkly erotic adaptation of a story by Junichiro Tanizaki, a young woman is sold to a geisha house and branded with a spider tattoo, giving her a supernatural thirst for vengeance on men. Cinematographer Miyagawa evokes the saturation and sharp contours of ukiyo-e woodblock printing in his unforgettable, blood-spattered imagery.

35mm print courtesy the National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kadokawa.