Spider Lilies

Director: Zero Chou

Taiwan 2007| 98 mins

The golden flower is native to the northeastern coast of Taiwan. Local people call it the ‘spider lily’. Japanese legend has it that spider lilies line the path to hell, poisoning the memories of all who smell their scent, forming a bridge between the living and the dead.
Tattoo artist Takeko keeps a framed design of the spider lily flower on the wall of her parlour. The design was literally cut from the flesh of her father, after he was crushed to death in an earthquake. Webcam girl Jade visits Takeko’s tattoo parlor, looking for sexy decoration to excite her clientele. Entranced by the tattoo of the spider lily on the wall, Jade gives Takeko her business card and invites her to visit her on her website where she professes her love for the tattoo artist. Finally, Jade asks Takeko to give her the same spider lily tattoo to bring her closer to the object of her desire.
Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.

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