Media Blasters to release Takashi Ishii's HANA TO HEBI on DVD

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There's considerable confusion regarding which film Media Blasters will be releasing on DVD in America, on May 31, under the title "Flower and Snake". Many websites have reported that the film in question is Masayuki Asao's Hana to hebi: kyûkyoku nawa chôkyô (1987), which Japan Shock released on DVD in the Netherlands in 2001, under the title "Flower and Snake 4: Rope Magic". (Incidentally, the importation of that film into Canada was prohibited by Canada Customs late last year - see here.) Media Blasters, however, has officially confirmed for ScreenAnarchy the info from certain of its sources (who are familiar with the American Film Market) that the film in question is Takashi Ishii's Hana to hebi (2004), starring Aya Sugimoto (who also stars in Ishii's upcoming film Flower and Snake 2: Paris/Shizuko (Hana to hebi 2: Pari/Shizuko)). The question now is whether Media Blasters will be releasing the integral version of that film, or the Japanese theatrical one, which was cut for Eirin approval. (Eirin = Eirin Kanri Iinkai, a.k.a. the Administration Commission of Motion Picture Code of Ethics. "Eirin" is an acronym for "Eiga Rinri Kitei".)

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The GomorrahizerApril 16, 2005 6:08 PM

Canada Customs has rescinded its ban on the importation of Masayuki Asao's Hana to hebi: kyûkyoku nawa chôkyô (1987) - see here.

Bad FeebleSeptember 8, 2005 9:08 AM

Just to make sure: I haven't bought Media Blasters' DVD edition of FLOWER AND SNAKE and was wondering which version ended up on the DVD. I didn't even know there existed 2 versions of the film until last week........ So which was it ?

Thank you very much for the info !