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What's your favorite film by Sion Sono?

haven't seen any
5 (35.7%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
Jitensha toiki (Bicycle Sighs)
0 (0%)
Heya
0 (0%)
Bad Film
0 (0%)
Keiko desu kedo
0 (0%)
Dankon: The Man
0 (0%)
Utsushimi
0 (0%)
Suicide Club
0 (0%)
Yume no naka e (Into a Dream)
0 (0%)
Noriko's Dinner Table
1 (7.1%)
Kimy˘ na sÔkasu (Strange Circus)
0 (0%)
Hazard
0 (0%)
Kikyű kurabu, sonogo
0 (0%)
Ekusute (Hair Extensions)
0 (0%)
Love Exposure
5 (35.7%)
Chanto tsutaeru (Be Sure to Share)
0 (0%)
Cold Fish
1 (7.1%)
Guilty of Romance (Crime of Romance)
1 (7.1%)
Himizu
0 (0%)
Kib˘ no kuni (The Land of Hope)
0 (0%)
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
0 (0%)
Tokyo Tribe
0 (0%)
Love & Peace
0 (0%)
Shinjuku Swan
0 (0%)
Tag
0 (0%)
The Whispering Star
0 (0%)
Antiporno
1 (7.1%)
Shinjuku Swan 2
0 (0%)
Tokyo Vampire Hotel
0 (0%)
The Forest of Love
0 (0%)
Red Post on Escher Street
0 (0%)
Prisoners of the Ghostland
0 (0%)

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Sono, Sion
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:44:43 PM »
1. Love Exposure
2. Noriko's Dinner Table
3. Himizu
4. Be Sure to Share

5. The Land of Hope
6. Why Don't You Play in Hell?
7. Guilty of Romance
8. Hazard
9. Balloon Club Revisited

19. Suicide Club
11. Cold Fish

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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 02:53:52 PM »
1. Love Exposure
2. Tag
3. Himizu
4. Noriko's Dinner Table

5. Suicide Club
6. Guilty of Romance
7. Why Don't You Play in Hell?
8. Strange Circus
9. Tokyo Tribe

10. Cold Fish
11. Exte: Hair Extensions
12. Prisoners of the Ghostland



Suicide was the first one I watched. Hampered by a low budget but a fascinating premise. I own the DVD.
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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013, 04:34:17 AM »
Love Exposure, 4 hours of great movie.

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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 08:32:27 PM »
This might be of interest to someone (ueno_station54? where'd you run off to?)

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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2014, 10:03:15 AM »

Why Don't You Play in Hell (2013)

Overall, I like it just fine... there are some dynamite sequences, and the cast is enjoyable.  It's just not one of Sono's best.  Rating: Good (77)

A good review, but one that I think is too generous in forgiving Sono's love of the chaos. I was close to liking this, I just wish Sono wouldn't try working on 3-6 levels at once on every scene. It's makes for a nutty super sun happy atmosphere, but the characters and situations are left feeling completely inconsequential - like with a parody film - instead of landing some of the interesting points about art, cinema and family.

I've still only scratched at Sono's filmography, but for a blood and guts filmmaker, he creates some of the most interesting female characters. I was going to single out Fumi Nikaido, but all of his films feature multi-fasceted women, while the men tend to get on a single obsessive track.
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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2015, 11:52:29 PM »
Nokio's Dinner Table 3.5/5
Love Exposure 3.5/5

Really want to catch up with Suicide Club
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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2015, 10:31:30 PM »

Be Sure to Share - Shiro (Akira... just Akira) is a 27-year-old magazine editor.  His father Tetsuji (Eiji Okuda) was strict at home and even stricter as Shiro's soccer coach in high school.  Not abusive, but stern enough to keep Shiro at a distance.  But now Tetsuji is in the hospital, suffering from cancer.  Shiro wants to connect with him, and the two plan a fishing trip after Tetsuji recovers.  But that day may never come, especially when Shiro gets upsetting news that he can't share with his father, his mother (Keiko Takahashi) or his longtime girlfriend Yoko (Ayumi It˘).

Sion Sono is known for going to extremes.  His movies feature wild techniques, and showcase sex and violence to beyond excess.  The movie that first garnered him international attention was Suicide Club, about high school children killing themselves en masse.  The film prior to this one was Love Exposure, a dizzying 4-hour epic about -- among other things -- an upskirt photo gang.  So it's more than a little surprising to see him delve into quiet, restrained human drama.

But there's often a dose of poignancy to Sono's work.  Here it's simply laid out open, separated from the chaos that usually surrounds it.  The chronology is fragmented in a way that leaps between time frames -- often without the viewer realizing it until several minutes into a scene -- but in general it's a very straightforward narrative without flashy tricks... or disturbing content.  Interestingly, it's the one macabre event in the story that proves to be the most moving.  Not that there aren't other touching moments in the film (there are) but it's as if Sono is saying that when the chips are down, it's the extremes you're willing to go that really shows the kind of person you are inside.  Akira does a fine job as Shiro, haunted by memories of a stern taskmaster but able to put them aside to bond with his father.  The other actors are good as well, but it's really Akira's show.

I liked this movie, but I can't put it in quite the same league as Love Exposure or Noriko's Dinner Table.  Sono proves that he can operate in a quieter mode, but despite a few strong moments, overall the film doesn't have a ton of power or depth.  Nonetheless, it's nice and it's respectful and it's put together very well (except the jangly guitar score gets tiresome).  And it portrays some aspects of humanity quite beautifully... certain needs and fears are expressed with some degree of eloquence and gentle finesse.  Rating: Very Good (83)

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Re: Sono, Sion - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 11:01:33 PM »
On one hand, I like seeing that a favorite director of mine has range, but I don't know when I'll be wanting to see this movie. Himizu will be my next film here.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2019, 12:47:57 AM »
Himizu
★ ★ ★ - Good
I'll watch anything Sono wants to show me. (The kind of respect you get after after a 4-hour masterpiece about panty photography and religious cults.) This one was higher on my list because of MartinTeller's review, which goes into better detail than I plan to. Surprisingly mature handling of the cycle of abuse by Sono, with an incredible mid-section featuring one of the most unique long take scenes of violence, captured with the camera on a crane keeping a respectful distance from the messy act. This is followed by some ingenious techniques to put you into a character dislocated from reality. Techniques that are never constant enough to be annoying. Really strong ending too.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2019, 10:19:51 AM »
Boy, I wish I remembered that ending.

 

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