Tattoo [Irezumi] Ari (Tattoo)

Director: Banmei Takahashi
Screenwriters: Takuya Nishioka

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Similar to the American film Dog Day Afternoon, Tattoo is a superbly make low-budget feature based on an infamous bank robbery in the 1970s, The protagonist, played by the popular rock music composer Ryudo Uzaki, believes that having a tattoo (in Japan traditionally one of the identifying marks of “yakuza” gang members) automatically imbues him with toughness and the talents of a skilled criminal. Director Takahaski began his filmmaking career in the soft porn industry and was able to begin Tattoo only after a chance meeting in a bar with a veteran director resulted in a quick $5,000 seed money.

Screening Details

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