Reviews Tagged with Sion Sono

Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute) (2007)

"All dirty women have to do something about their filthy hair."
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute)

A Japanese movie entitled Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute) will instantly conjure up uninspiring pictures of standard supernatural hair-ghosts creeping out whiney Asian girls in an attempt to exploit the trend of J-Horror breaking into the Western world. This could not be further from the truth. The hairy (and often wet) ghost is an integral part o... Click to read more "Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute)"

Guilty of Romance (Koi no tsumi) (2011)

I desperately want to do something. Anything will do. I want to suppress this urge.
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Guilty of Romance - I desperately want to do something. Anything will do. I want to suppress this urge.

Say what you like about Japanese director Shion Sono, but let's all agree on one thing: he doesn't care for drab opening scenes. This much is true of the staggering Guilty of Romance (2011), the first film I have seen of this year and undoubtedly one which will wind up on my top films list at the end of 2012. In terms of theme, it has much in commo... Click to read more "Guilty of Romance (Koi no tsumi)"

Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) (2008)

The beginning of Hell.
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Love Exposure - Shion Sono

As a general rule, when a director can move seamlessly from knob gags to profound emotion, then he or she is doing something right. You can expect all of this and much, much more from Shion Sono in 2008's Love Exposure; despite being quite an undertaking with around a four-hour running time, this is not a film which ever felt boring, nor did it ove... Click to read more "Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi)"

Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) (2005)

The family that eats together stays together.
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Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) - The family that eats together stays together.

My first impression of Sion Sono's work came via the insanely creative Suicide Club, a film which revolved around the presence of an online cult which compelled its members to off themselves; Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku), made four years later, fits around the time and events of the earlier film, most notably the mass suicide at Shin... Click to read more "Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku)"

Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu) (2005)

Reality is the mystery.
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Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu) - Reality is the mystery.

What's in a story? How close can fiction and non-fiction drift together before transforming into one another, and – most of all – why do we tell stories? These are all questions given the irrepressibly deranged, yet painterly treatment by maestro Sion Sono in Strange Circus, a film which crosses multiple boundaries in its consideration of such weig... Click to read more "Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu)"

Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) (2001)

Well then, goodbye everybody.
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Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) - Well then, goodbye everybody

Not only is Suicide Club (Suicide Circle) a highly original and innovative slice of Asian cinema it also has, in my opinion, the best opening scene in any horror movie ever! There is plenty of blood and gore (most of which is in the first five minutes), the usual confusing-to-Westerners storyline and an abundance of cheesy pop music. The movie is f... Click to read more "Suicide Club (Suicide Circle)"