|SKIN ART (director/writer: William Blake Herron; cinematographer: Rick Putnam; editor: Wendy Scheir; music: James Legg; cast: Kirk Baltz (Will), Jack Weber (Richard), Hil Cato (Sophia), Ariane Koizume (Lin), Nora Ariffin (Lily), Jadine Wong (Madame Cho), William Blake Herron (Stan); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Ron Mcghee/Jonathan Jardine; Fox (New Gaelic Films); 1993)|
|"Only skin deep."
by Dennis Schwartz
William Blake Herron ("A Texas
Funeral") tells of a tortured American soldier, a
POW during the Vietnam War, who tries to deal with
life after as a civilian lost soul searching for love.
The story is only skin deep.
vet and former POW Will (Kirk Baltz)
is a tattoo artist in Manhattan's SoHo, who works for
the slimy Richard (Jake Weber). He pimps
Asian hookers from his brothel across the street
from Will’s loft.
a series of flashbacks we straddle between the
present and the past of Will's world. The flashbacks
reveal Will's bitter war experience, and how he had
an unresolved romance in Nam with a sensitive young
Vietnamese-French woman (Hil
Cato). She nursed him back to health, but left
him romantically scarred. Will has eschewed sex with
the Asian whores because he's still haunted by the
past. These flashbacks occur when he tattoos the
back of a virgin Hong Kong
hooker (Nora Ariffin), a job he
considers a labor of love. When the tattooing ends so
do the flashbacks, and the two have sex.
There's nothing here that gets me aroused. The scene of Will masturbating to videos of his tattoos on the backs of Asian hookers left me thinking if body art is really art.
REVIEWED ON 3/22/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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