A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
After Yu's mother dies his father, a priest, only seems to take solace in the confessions of his sons sins causing Yu to partake in various 'sinful' activities to appease him. This is a teen love story as only the Japanese could bring us, complete with up-skirt photography, cross dressing, and bloody gore.
WARNING. The following movie has:
1) 237 minutes in length
2) The movie title appearing after one hour of running time
3) A drag
7) Genital gore
10) A "Virgin Mary"
12) Ass-kicking female teens
13) Psychotic menopausal bitches
14) Pornographic furniture
15) A Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori (1972) tribute with a pinky film spoof character called "Miss Scorpion"
21) Child abuse
23) A dead bird
24) A living bird
27) Religious idolatry
28) Religious blasphemy
29) A car chase
30) Implied pedophilia
31) A porn industry
32) Ravel's Boléro
33) A demented…
Love Exposure has the greatest story I have ever seen depicted on film. The movie's scope is incredible: a four hour love story that weaves religious dogma, ultra-violence, perversion, and a million other topics into a flawless tapestry. This is a film that needs to be experienced in one devoted play-though, free of distractions, so that you can get invested in the complex characters and their tragically doomed relationships. Like my Daisies review, I will first discuss why you need to watch the film in the first paragraph, then I will get into dissecting the reasons why this movie is amazing.
Four hours is a lot of time to invest in a movie, as it falls into that awkward space…
Don't let the title fool you like it did me! I thought it was going to be another sappy and sentimental love story! The 4 hour timeframe attached to a genre (Romance) I'm not a huge fan of also served as a huge deterrent!
So I pretty much went into this film with little to no details! If I had realized that Sion Sono was the director of the film I would have done cartwheels all the way to my laptop and popped this baby to the top of my que!
Being a former catholic this film really hit me where I live! It was absolutely hilarious, edgy, refreshing, irreverent, naughty and perverse! My feelings for the film are indescribable..…
First off, I want to thank Hentai Cop for being the first to bring this film to my attention. His great review urged me to put this on my watchlist. And look! I told you I'd get around to it eventually. And I want to give you a double thanks. Because it did not disappoint.
Love Exposure or, Sexual Tension: The Movie, is a crazy off the wall epic Japanese love story. It's nearly 4 hours long and doesn't stop for anybody or anything. The zany over the top Japanese antics infect nearly every minute of this film, and it all plays out like a giant graphic…
Sian Sono’s Love Exposure is a 4 hour journey. But my God did those 4 hours fly away like dust in a whirlwind but never failing to leave a strong impression, memories and the emotions accrued throughout, embossed in my heart.
This film had me captivated right from the start and did not let go until it was finished. And when it did, I did not want it to finish and had such an urge for it go on. Such was its magnetic enigma and such was the innumerable themes handled. It deals with the traumas of childhood, the effects of bad parenthood, yearning to meet the love of your life, faith in God, faith in love, perversity, revenge, madness,…
Film #1 of May 30 Days, 30 Countries Challenge
"This is just like one of my Japanese animes."
I've been putting Love Exposure off for a while now for two reasons.
1. SVA's library doesn't have it.
2. It's almost four hours long!
After coming home from college and getting it from my public library, I finally got around to watching it, and goddamn it is fucking amazing!
Love Exposure is filled with shots of panties, "hentai", and everything you would expect from a crazy Japanese film. Some moments make Love Exposure feel like a live action anime(except not cheesy) and that's awesome. The soundtrack is pretty fucking great. I think Aya might be my most hated villain of all…
Love Exposure is a special kind of epic. For a story that involves cross dressing, cults, abusive fathers, weird pornography, and catholicism; it has a original and absolutely powerful love story at the center of it. It is a movie that will surprise with each turn it takes. When I was a hour in, I still had absolutely no idea where the movie would take me. It channels essential elements of American classics Some Like it Hot and The Graduate while maintaining its unusual and insanity.
Yui is the hero of Love Exposure and he is nowhere near traditional. Neither is his marvelous love interest, Yoko, or his satanic rival, Aya Koike, who never fails to be entertaining with her…
Them Japanese fellas can always make the weirdest circumstances and scenarios work, not in a way that we can suspend our disbelief for but in a way that we can recognize it's absolutely outlandish and still accept it for what it is, no matter how perverse, sacrilegious, and provocative it gets.
By and large though, Love Exposure isn't an exceptionally well-made movie nor does it excel in its script. The majority of the praise I see for this eccentric comedy most likely stemmed from the fascination and unfamiliarity towards modern Japanese peculiarity. Anyone who is used to that country's magnificent media output (Anime in particular) would agree that this movie's subject matters and perverseness are actually rather tame.
I first became interested in Sono Sion’s four-hour epic Love Exposure, after seeing a photo set on tumblr of one of the leads, Yoko, beating the crap out of some men while monologuing about how much she hates them. Setting aside any discussion on what that says about me, from then on I would visit the tumblr tag for the film from time to time and build my anticipation for the day that I would finally be able to see it with my own eyes.
But because of the aforementioned running time, I put off watching the film for a very long time. If I remember correctly, it has almost been a year since I first came across the photo…
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4. A film that is three or more hours long.
Trust Japenese wunderking (sic) Sion Sono to take a story encompassing Catholicism, teenage rebellion and upskirt photography and turn it into an epic four hour odyssey. Exhilarating, idiosyncratic, hilarious and heartbreaking, Love Exposure, like most of Sono's work, is unlike anything else out there in the cinematic firmament. If you're after something as different as it is rewarding, set aside an afternoon and watch Love Exposure.
I didn't think that Shion Sono was going to be able to top the hectic lunacy of perfection that was in Why Don't You Play in Hell? Especially with a title like this, which to me sounded more like a sappy romance movie. Not true in this case. Love Exposure is an epic four hour love story that has everything I could ever want from a romance film and more than I expected. Action, violence, gore, blood, cross-dressing, an awesome soundtrack, a twisted story of unrequited love and betrayal, Catholic priests- you name it, they have it. It's an all-out exposition on the…
The third hour may fall short, but Love Exposure is a bizarre, blasfemic and pervert masterpiece, with authentic characters, a complex and believable amazing story, a lot of fun, great use of classical music, a lot of unforgettable moments and four hours of lenght that I wished kept going for at least another couple of hours. I have no doubt I'll rewatch this soon.
Could LOVE EXPOSURE have been edited down to a more manageable and forgiving 2 1/2 hours and still retained it's major plot points? Sure, but why would I want 2 1/2 hours of awesome when I can have 4 hours of awesome?!
Incredibly ambitious and always riveting, this film is just really entertaining. The run time kept me away for a few weeks, but once I hit Play, I never looked back.
What should be a clusterfuck (I mean, god damn, it's longer than Lawrence of Arabia!) ends up being pretty effective. The mix of drama, romance, and comedy is nearly perfect.
If the film hooks you, it has you, and it should leave you emotionally drained by the end of it.
Crazy, filled with mood-swings, paranoid and murderous: Love Exposure is as close as a film is going to get to being a woman.
Also, great soundtrack.
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