Guilty Of Romance (2013)
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as Kazuko Yoshida
as Mitsuko Ozawa
as Izumi Kikuchi
as Masao Yoshida
as Kazuo Kimura
as Maki Martini
as Eri Doi
as Supermarket Manager
as Shizu Ozawa
as Yukio Kikuchi
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Critic Reviews for Guilty Of Romance
[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.
The conclusion of Sion Sono's Hate trilogy gets a reliably barebones but sturdy home-video release from Olive Films.
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.
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.
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.
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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