The film section on the Japan Society (New York) website has a listing for a screening of Love Exposure (2009). There’s this sentence:
“In anticipation of the upcoming 10th edition of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film (July 14-24, 2016) we screen Sion Sono’s notorious masterpiece about love, family, religion and upskirt photography.”
That sentence leads me to assume that Sion Sono’s two latest films, Whispering Star and Love and Peace will get screened at Japan Cuts this year. The two have been on the festival circuit and are at this year’s Nippon Connection.
Back to Love Exposure. It is a fun film, very long, and filled with cool references like Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41. There are great performances from Makiko Watanabe as a super sex maniac, Atsuro Watabe as a hapless priest and Hikari Mitsushima as a kick-ass girl! Here’s my review from four years ago. The film is occasionally played on television in the UK and you can purchase the Third Window Films Blu-ray and DVD release.
The film will be screened on Friday, June 03rd at 7 PM at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.
Here are more details on the film including a synopsis part adapted from the Japan Society:
愛のむきだし 「Ai no Mukidashi」
Release Date: 31st January 2009 (Japan)
Running Time: 237 mins.
Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Sion Sono
Starring: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando, Atsuro Watabe, Makiko Watanabe, Mitsuro Fukikoshi
Synopsis: After feeling rejected by his Catholic priest father for not having any sins to confess, high schooler Yu dives headfirst into sinning by becoming a master “peek-a-panty” photographer. Along the way, he gets entangled in an absurd love triangle involving his step-sister and his female alter ego, all the while being stalked by a parakeet-handling cult leader intent on taking everyone he loves away from him. A JAPAN CUTS fan-favorite and one of the most memorable films released in the last ten years, Love Exposure is destined to be regarded as a classic of Japanese cinema.