Sion Sono’s Twisted Romance “Love Exposure” Screened at Japan Society New York June 03rd

Love Exposure's Interesting Ride

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:

Love Exposure      Love Exposure Film Poster

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.

6 thoughts on “Sion Sono’s Twisted Romance “Love Exposure” Screened at Japan Society New York June 03rd

  1. ‘Upskirt photography’ sounded so perfect for a description! One of my all time favorite Japanese movies. Your review is spot on!

    Just the thought of watching Sakura Ando and Hikari Mitsushima in a movie… when they were so young, and look at them now!

      1. Very true! I can’t believe it was that long (both the length of the movie and when it was first released). As always with Sakura Ando!

      2. Thinking back on how long ago it came out makes me feel old but I can still remember seeing it in Sight & Sound and that picture of Ando really intriguing me. I can remember watching it for the first time as well. Great stuff!

  2. This is one of those films which I love but don’t know if I could watch it again in case I don’t enjoy it on a second viewing. That said I would recommend it in a heartbeat. 🙂

    1. I feel the same way although I have watched a few times. It’s a major time investment and I think my patience would be tested by the time the dead serious final third comes but I think watching it with others would be fun. It’s definitely a film I mention to people curious about Japanese films.

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