Love Exposure

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Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he's saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman. On cue, the narrative introduces feisty schoolgirl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who loathes men and enjoys beating them up for their moronic attitudes... -- (C) Third Window Films

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  • May 10, 2014
    Amazing Japanese movie based around a teenager called Yu. Coming from a devoted Christian family, Yu is always well behaved. But when his mother dies and his father is seduced by another woman who then breaks his heart, Yu's dad becomes detached and torments Yu by getting him to confess his sins everyday. Of course, Yu has nothing to confess so in an effort to appease his father he starts sinning. Small, silly stuff at first but his dad's not impressed so eventually Yu joins a gang of petty criminals and trains to become an up-skirt photographer; sneakily but expertly taking pictures up girls skirts! Obviously, this type of behaviour upsets and angers Yu's father but at least he has his attention. One day while out with his gang, Yu meets a pretty schoolgirl, Yoko, albeit in the middle of a brawl. This ends in a kiss but unfortunately for Yu he is dressed as a woman after losing a bet which is a shame as Yu has fallen balls over arsehole in love with Yoko but Yoko thinks he's a woman, leading her to question her sexuality. Add to this all involved are being manipulated by a devious cult leader you have an interesting film on your hands! Needless to say, Love Exposure isn't for everyone; it's over three and a half hours long for a start! But it honestly doesn't feel like it is, The story is so involving, despite being off the wall, the performances are great, it's funny, entertaining, shocking, dramatic, moving, weird, surreal, compelling and powerful. For you non-readers out there you might want to avoid this but for fans of the weird and wonderful world of Japanese and Asian film, Love Exposure is an absolute must see and a potential life changer.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2014
    WARNING. The following movie has: 1) 237 minutes in length 2) The movie title appearing after one hour of running time 3) A drag 4) Tosatsu 5) Kung-fu 6) Sex 7) Genital gore 8) Ultraviolence 9) Lesbians 10) A "Virgin Mary" 11) Erections 12) Ass-kicking female teens 13) Psychotic menopausal bitches 14) Pornographic furniture 15) A <i>Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori</i> (1972) tribute with a pinky film spoof character called "Miss Scorpion" 16) Love 17) Romance 18) "Exposure" 19) Lust 20) Betrayal 21) Child abuse 22) Perversions 23) A dead bird 24) A living bird 25) Panties 26) Catholicism 27) Religious idolatry 28) Religious blasphemy 29) A car chase 30) Implied pedophilia 31) A porn industry 32) Ravel's Boléro 33) A demented and disturbing climax 34) An emotionally pulse-pounding and extremely moving ending 35) Corinthians XIII recited in an impossibly flawlessly and perfectly timed, dramatic way by the sea in a single shot while Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto plays in the background 36) In one word: Japan This is a candidate for one of the best celluloid drama epics ever made since movies were created. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2012
    The son of a Catholic priest becomes a master at shooting candid panty photographs, then falls in love with a man-hating schoolgirl and seeks to save her from a cult. This naughty 4-hour comic epic from cult director Shion Sono is a strange and subversive examination of the perversion of purity, and vice versa.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    Lets get the run time out of the way. It is 4 hours long at it is something that has attached itself in its marketing like novelty, but it is just shows how ballsy a director Sion Sono is. The narrative can easily be played out in an average film length but Sono creates 3 primary characters fully fleshed out and all balanced with the same protagonist weight. It is fascinating and all three characters keep me gripped. The themes that is tackled is everything from religion to love, from teenage angst to family dynamics and even up-skirt photography. All these themes may sound like it will be a 4 hour unbalanced mash up, but Sono does weave it together with great exposition and uses a slightly comic - manga style that keeps a lightness to it all, so you never take the absurdity too seriously, but you never take the themes as completely absurd. The 4 hours is draining, but it is a bold film from a direction who is in complete control. Definitely worth a watch past it's novelty.
    Hassan V Super Reviewer

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