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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%)
KimyŰ na s‚kasu (Strange Circus)
0 (0%)
Hazard
0 (0%)
KikyŻ 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%)
KibŰ 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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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2019, 12:22:55 PM »
Your image is from that ending. Its strength is not about the story, but thematic. After a fairly bleak 2 hours, Sono pleads for the people and Yuichi in particular to not "give up." He intercuts Yuichi in personal pain with the tsunami devastation.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2019, 01:54:01 PM »
Suicide Club

Love Exposure Blu-ray is sitting on my shelf. I know my wife isn't interested so finding the time to watch it is an issue.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2019, 02:43:37 PM »
Antiporno
Love Exposure
Prisoners of the Ghostland

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2019, 02:30:09 AM »
Love Exposure, 45˚
Suicide Club, 30˚
Antiporno, 25į
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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2019, 01:04:54 AM »

Tokyo Tribe (2014)


Looks like Sono gave Takashi Miike the night off. Over the course of one night, Japanese street gangs battle it with their fists and their words. Nearly all dialogue is rapped, making this The Umbrellas of Cherbourg of hip-hop. The idea of a theatrical, musical, gangster fantasia sounds great - and seems like something America would've/should've done a long time ago - but the non-stop chaotic execution is punishing. I applaud Sono for how much energy he puts into this, often favoring difficult long takes where multiple people are both fighting and rapping, but there isn't enough substance to sustain nearly two-hours of bragging and posturing. It's a shame because there are individual moments as crazy as the wildest things I've seen from modern Japanese cinema, but it's all too much, drowning in its own creativity.
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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2021, 09:20:59 PM »

Tag (2015)

Tag (2015)
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Once again, itís impossible to watch a recent Sion Sono film and not think of Takashi Miike. This should be paired with As the Gods Will. Both films use the visual design and graphic violence toned down by the cheap digital effects of a TV game show to act as a metaphor for high school life. Here itís specifically about a womanís fear of living in a world where men make the rules. Itís certainly interesting, but Sono used to be more thought-provoking instead of throwing surreal ideas at the wall likeÖ the other guy. 

A 2nd look showed me there's quite a bit going on under the carnival big top. It reminded me of Under the Silver Lake where it's a challenge to get past the surface, but then all you're going to get is the fearless weirdness. However, digging in for some themes it gets murky because the characters aren't well-defined. (That's why the strange visuals overtook me the first time.) There's definitely a commentary on expectations when a girl becomes a woman, how those expectations are defined by men and fear over losing your independence when you're doing what's expected of you. That's all real good stuff, and maybe on a 3rd watch this will work even better.
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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2021, 12:44:01 AM »
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
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I need to look at recent Takashi Miike films and see if I can find the filmmaker who used to be Sion Sono. Sono's worst film shows that his grasp of English is shaky at best. Strangely, the two American screenwriters also struggle, as if their work was put through Google Translate for the director and then that was translated back into English for Nicholas Cage to deliver however he felt like since there isn't a character to play. It looks great in places and I'm willing to admit maybe if I understood the larger metaphor of what the Ghostland was, how the people survived and why it struggled to literally hold back time, maybe I would enjoy it more.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2022, 12:13:29 PM »
I watched 45min of The Forest of Love (2019) before I stopped to make breakfast. That's when I learned this 151min movie has a 278min "Deep Cut" that's supposed to be even better. I can't continue knowing that.

For Sono fans, this script combines many of Sono's previous films. He wanted to take some of his favorite characters and put them into the same space to see what would happen. It's a new, original story populated by characters similar to those found in Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table, Love Exposure, Coldfish, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, Tag, Antiporno and Guilty Of Romance.


This follows his 142min Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017), which also exists in a 390min version. Name another director whose works at the pace of Takashi Miike to create Ingmar Bergman sized edits of his work.

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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2022, 05:20:07 PM »
This follows his 142min Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017), which also exists in a 390min version. Name another director whose works at the pace of Takashi Miike to create Ingmar Bergman sized edits of his work.

Less prolific (39 director credits), but to name someone to see other answers - Lav Diaz. He makes short films, too, but a really high percentage of his feature-lengths are 3+ hours.
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Re: Sono, Sion
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2022, 07:29:49 PM »
But does he create two versions of the same story that are equally good but wildly different in length?

This gives me hope we may someday see the 6-hour cut of Love Exposure.

 

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