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 your senses, blending genres of film noir with drama and mystery, and showcasing the directors trademark style and use of vivid colour to portray emotion and mood, Guilty of Romance is the final and most exhilarating part of Sono's "hate" trilogy.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Miki Mizuno
as Kazuko Yoshida
Makoto Togashi
as Mitsuko Ozawa
Megumi Kagurazaka
as Izumi Kikuchi
Cynthia Cheston
as Prostitute
Satoshi Nikaido
as Masao Yoshida
Shingo Gotsuji
as Kazuo Kimura
Motomi Fukami
as Maki Martini
Uchida Chika
as Eri Doi
Ryo Iwamatsu
as Supermarket Manager
Hisako Okata
as Shizu Ozawa
Kanji Tsuda
as Yukio Kikuchi
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Critic Reviews for Guilty Of Romance

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

[A] sickening, lush mystery about two female corpses, each partly a severed human and partly a mannequin.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

The conclusion of Sion Sono's Hate trilogy gets a reliably barebones but sturdy home-video release from Olive Films.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

A cautionary morality play offering a new take on the world's oldest profession.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Baret News

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2014
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Guilty Of Romance


Megumi Kagurazaka gives a great performance. Actually, all of the female leads give powerful performances. Crazy movie. Sion Sono continues to impress me as I go through the parts of his filmography I can find. I've said this before, but I really get a big Brian De Palma vibe from Sono's sexual thrillers.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Still trying to get my mind around this one! Story about a woman who slowly becomes unhinged as she gets into nude modeling by chance and then meets a beautiful but also deranged older woman who lures her into prostitution. There's also a murder mystery here, but it's pretty secondary to the main story which plays out like a nightmare. I seriously started to question what was real and what was imagination here. Really a good, compelling and original movie which is a little twisted. I could not look away from it. The scene with the friend and her mother at the table is also hilarious. (not sure if it was meant to be, but it tickled me, these two smiling politely while saying awful things about each other). Actually behind that is a really sad story about incest and abuse, but at face value it is funny. Though there's obviously some really tragic stuff here including spouse abuse, it is not really played out that way. More like a cautionary tale about giving in to your dark side. Liked it a lot.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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I think it's either a hit or miss movie. He has quiet an issue to raise that I think is very interesting to explore, but at the end it is not so much about it anymore.

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