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…
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…
...Where do I even begin?
Let me start by saying this is the first film I have ever seen from Sion Sono. Initially that may have seemed a bad idea considering this is one of the longest films ever made. Supposedly it was originally six hours but was trimmed down to four. I hope that full version will be available one day because, as many people before me have stated, this was some of the greatest four hours I have ever experienced within one film.
I usually go rather in depth with my reviews, so I don't recommend reading them unless you have already seen the movies I discuss. I want so badly to go in depth with Love Exposure,…
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…
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,…
It's absolutely ridiculous how EFFORTLESS Sion Sono is able to evenly spread his film across four hours and have it feel like far less. The first chapter of this film alone breezes by with such organic pacing! One of the best films I've had the pleasure of seeing and while it's not in my top five, it's a film that I can endlessly re-watch and re-discover.
A pervert’s guide to the galaxy of love.
This is one of those films that turns its back on ratings altogether. It goes beyond that contained world. It really felt to me like it was built on the base of someone’s icky sexual fantasy odyssey, a stream of consciousness of fetishes and perversions. This basis has then been disguised and layered over with a more agreeable heroic narrative outline about almost everything imaginable, but particularly fated love. This storyline changes the meaning (or at least offers alternate meaning) to all the perverted acts in the film. Everything has a reason, everything finds understanding. It perverts everything, but apologetically escapes condemnation due to how well disguised and, dare I say, cute,…
The Book of Job meets Japanese upskirt Lolicon.
Oh, I just don't know. If it were 2 hours long, I would say it was humourous, inventive, crazy, sad, sweet, ugly and beautiful.
But it's not. It's 4 hours long, and there's just no fucking need.
But then, it never feels self indulgent, it never feels *long* per se. It's just too much of an investment for nothing more than you would have got in 2 hours.. As Salieri prompts the Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, it has too many notes.
Sólo en la transgresión nace el conocimiento. Aceptar la figura de la Virgen María y convertir el pecado en el modo de llegar hasta el conocimiento, si es un modo de alcanzar la iluminación auténtica, es una postura tan legítima como otra cualquiera. La religión siempre debe ser contestataria, brutal, antisistémica. Incluso si eso significa hacer en secreto fotos a la ropa interior de las muchachas que van por la calle con minifalda; si eso sirve para encontrar la liberación, para encontrar a tu María —la personificación del amor, de todo aquello que podemos llegar a ser—, ¿qué importa lo que diga la sociedad? No se trata de que todos hagan lo mismo que tú, se trata de que tú encuentres lo que todos los demás se niegan a buscar.
Odia el pecado, ama al pecador. El único límite inviolable es alcanzar la paz interior, la comunión con el todo, aunque eso signifique inmolarse en el proceso.
Love exposure is a 4 hour film that people might appeal to the very small category of people that are both in rom-coms and weird japanese flicks. I had to spend three nights to finish my first movie of 2015 but this totally fucked up cult film was proven worthy of my time: deeply flawed but this is original cinematography.
Love is everyone's God.
Love Exposure is really one of those unique film experiences. Not just because its runtime is 4 hours (it was actually 6 hours long at first, but the studio demanded it to be trimmed), but also because what Sono does with the art form is very fresh, provocative and original.
One of the aspects that stick out the most is the film's narrative. The first 90 minutes are spent introducing the main three characters, who all narrate their life story, one after the other. The events shown during the introductions are often intertwined and seen through different perspectives. The main character, Yu, spends the first hour searching for the earthly incarnation of the Virgin Mary (don't ask), but the event…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf. later work of Isao Yukisada). On the other hand, it pays huge reference to the girl gang exploitation-genre of the 70's of japanese film history (most obviously by introducing and updating "Sasori" from Shun'ya Itô's wonderful series) and thereby puts…
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- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
- The Cremaster Cycle
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ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps