This announcement is on the appropriate day since it’s World Turtle Day and the film features a magical turtle!
Love and Peace is based on a script that Sion Sono wrote 25 years ago, around the time of Suicide Club. It is story is definitely from a time period when Sono was making wild films. This is a fantasy comedy of sorts about a sad-sack company man meeting a magical turtle and becoming a rock star! Taking the lead is Hiroki Hasegawa, the mad cinephile in the yakuza movie comedy Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Kumiko Aso, the waif running around in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s horror film Pulse. This as been labelled as one of Sono’s passion projects and a slice of the “real” Sion Sono. Reviews are all positive that this is a great title to watch!
“If you see just one new Sion Sono movie this year, make it “Love & Peace””
“Ambitious and silly, perfectly blending the surreal with the saccharine to create something that’s simply a joy to watch.”
“Visually stunning, endlessly creative, and it doesn’t fail to deliver on the kaiju promise!”
Eye For Film
Love and Peace
Running Time: 117 mins.
Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Sion Sono (Screenplay),
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kumiko Aso, Tohiyuki Nishida, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Eita Okuno, Makita Sports, Erina Mano, Megumi Kagurazaka, Miyuki Matsuda
Synopsis: Ryoichi (Hiroki Hasegawa) once dreamed of becoming a punk rocker but he became a timid salaryman at a musical instrument parts company. Life is calm but he has feelings for an office lady (Kumiko Aso) he can’t express and he feels he wants more from his circumstances which is when fate strikes!
One day, he randomly buys a turtle and names it Pikadon. A series of events occur and Ryoichi’s dreams of being a rock star might be about to come true! However, it might also lead to the end of the world…