19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the only way that she can feel she is alive. The tatoo designer, Shiba, is also getting curious about Rui due to his sadist split. Ama protects Rui with violence and Shiba is using violence to love her. A strange love triangle of violence and sex and Rui’s body changed with a tatoo and a large piercing.
User Reviews: For those who’ve seen "Noriko’s Dinner Table" and wondered what happened to the younger sister played by Yuriko Yoshitaka (‘just a nameless girl, walking toward the center of the city’), it may come as no surprise to see her show up naked, tattooed, and pierced in this tale of middle-class urban ennui in the underground. From one dreamworld to another. She doesn’t have the sexual maturity to make the S&M stuff in this film remotely erotic and the two guys she bounces between, two tattooed punks, while giving us a multi-layered view of that world, are little more than posers. Their poses do reach beyond stereotype and the film tries to be cool towards them, demonstrating a reasonable awareness of the subject matter, but it comes up short in execution. I like Yoshitaka a lot, think she is a promising young actress, but don’t think she is suited for this role. Snakes and Earrings is far more modern and realistic/relatable than a CAT III film, probably because its story comes from a teen-aged girl’s prize winning novel rather than the sexist fantasies of old men, but while the film has a contemporary world view it doesn’t have the story punch necessary to elevate it much beyond voyeurism. For those just interested in seeing Yoshitaka naked there’s plenty of that but it’s not enough to make this film more than a guilty pleasure.