Guilty Of Romance (2013)
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A dramatic account of three women and their lives, seen through the looking glass of sex, words, madness, death, and family, Guilty of Romance - the new crime noir from the award-winning director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) - tells the tale of three women entangled in a mystery...a mystery that is the gate to a hell -bound love like no other! Bombarding the audience with graphic images and assaulting the emotions with classical music, Sion Sono has produced a movie that provokes all
Jan 21, 2013 Limited
Nov 28, 2011
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[A] sickening, lush mystery about two female corpses, each partly a severed human and partly a mannequin.
Mostly, Guilty of Romance seems content allowing characters to verbally abuse each other before eventually reaching the inevitable conclusion that life is a burden and all love is illusory.
Kagurazaka throws all of herself into her performance. It's the key to selling the outsized emotions and making the over-the-top brutality work to its intended effect.
A cautionary morality play offering a new take on the world's oldest profession.
Though it begins with the aesthetic and conceptual rigor of Blade Runner, it quickly veers toward the gratuitous outlandishness of a Bruce La Bruce film.
The whole is about one-quarter as good as Bunuel's Belle de Jour, which its plot vaguely resembles.
It's a film I primarily watched with my jaw in my lap wondering what the hell I was going to witness next.
One gets the sense the director has become so enamoured the details that he's lost sight of the destination..
Sono uses seemingly incompatible materials to construct a patchwork film as grotesquely hybrid as the corpses at its centre. It may be overlong and not a little bloated, but its sleaze both conceals and embodies moments of great sublimity.
More of a conversational set piece than anything else, it's more for people interested in the role of female sexuality in Japanese culture than your average moviegoer.
Filmed in garish colours like an explosion in a paint factory, it's more style than content, but diverting all the same.
I'm starting to get the impression that Sion Sono is just really good at dressing up nonsense. An indisputably talented filmmaker and gut-churner, he knows how to make the audience putty in his hands. But to what end?
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