An excellent movie from a man who is no stranger to controversy. Be it 54(was it 52?) school girls committing grisly mass suicide on the railway tracks of Shinjuku with there limbs flying in all directions(Suicide circle), a detailed autopsy of a decomposed woman's body (Hair extension), a guy who makes an art out of Panchira tosatsu (taking upskirt shots of women in skirts); Sono Shion has depicted nearly all if not darker but stranger aspects of humankind. This movie which is based on a real life incident (even though the actual murder was nowhere as ..well I am out of words here..lets just say it is scary and you have been warned!) is a continuation of Sono's journey into the deeper, darker side of mankind.
I like to compare him with David Cronenberg , another director who seems to be fascinated by human anatomy. The camera explores these in great detail at times in many of Sono's movies. Whether he is sensationalizing or not is a matter of individual taste, but for me this is top quality cinema that will throw you out of your chair at times.
Sensationalism apart, Sono's anger is indirectly related to the society that produces such 'aberrations'. One would never imagine a well educated, decent looking, woman next door to indulge in acts even the boldest of women would think twice before doing. Superb acting combined with great background music and an apt setting (Shibuya, Tokyo), this film will make your stomach churn at times but is a treat for genuine cinema lovers.
Who says that women are under-depicted in Japanese cinema? The three ladies in this two and a half hour movie turn in incredible and of course sexciting performances. These women have desires and they are out to fulfill them, better watch out guys!
A truly bizarre, non supernatural horror movie from the land of eccentric filmmaking. While the opening mass suicide is going to churn a few stomach, this is a must watch for those interested in something 'different'. Director Sono Shion is a force to reckon with. Get it if you can but be warned - it is disturbing!
Excellent movie about a woman numbed by the urban Tokyo lifestyle until she meets a truck driver at the convenience store. The sex scenes look genuine and intense. The two leads have given all they have to bring the characters to life. Too bad this happens only in movies. I have scoured most of Japan and am yet to come across a woman like Rei.
Bizarre is often used to describe Japanese cinema. I personally like to use the word stylish for movies from this side of the world. A refreshing movie which is all about women in an essentially patriarchal society. Although silly at times, the stylized portrayal of the friendship between two girls whose interests are Lolita dresses and running a gang is a wild two hour ride that is full of the absurdities, craziness and eccentricities that characterize Japan.
Excellent movie although a bit too serious at times. Visually appealing and terrific background music make this 2 hour romance movie feel shorter. The sex scenes are intense and erotic without being explicit. The best (or interesting) part is that it is a movie directed by half French and half Vietnamese director who doesn't speak a word of Japanese.
However, Akira Kurosawa probably had the same experience when he directed Dersu Uzala. I don't know if I will ever bother to read the novel but I am glad I saw the Movie version.
Midori is so my kind of woman. Alas, she exists in movies only. WATCH IT but for serious cinemagoers.