Movies that are slightly off.
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…
My head is spinning, my cheeks are red. Sion Sono just gave me the biggest slap of my life.
"Bakayaro! You think you've seen everything." yelled Sono. He proceeded to strip and expose me, grabbed my genitals and dragged me out of my comfort zone.
What laid before my eyes was an entirely new form of art, unlike anything I've ever seen. Behold, the beauty of discomfort, the magnificence of perversion! Ai No Mukidashi!
And I was drooling, so hard, for four fucking hours. I've taken a drug two times more powerful than Miike's. No matter how I see it, the film just doesn't seem to fit into this bland universe. The manic editing, the utterly bizzare plot. But yet…
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,…
I never thought I'd love a four hour movie about an erection so much.
Sometimes life surprises you.
Both profound and profane, intimate and epic. A four hour feast of religious mania, sex and gender politics. At its heart? Heart. Love, desire and shame.
A film that uses 1 Corinthians 13 in full as a fundamental plot device, and where the opening credits don't arrive for a full 58 minutes has my vote.
Make the time, it flies by.
Its also batshit crazy.
Sion Sono's Love Exposure is an epic in its own right. Clocking in at nearly 4 hours it is an emotional case study of a young teenage boy. It covers so much ground even in its first twenty minutes that I thought there was no way it was going to continue to have a progressive plot.
Defying all odds, Love Exposure manages to constantly propel the story forward into bold new places. It is a romantic movie, a comedy movie, and a terrifying movie all at once. It is probably the most well paced film I have seen for being over three and a half hours long. I'm so glad this film exists because I never knew I wanted it. Its only shortcomings are purely due to taste since it is confidently directed. Love Exposure is a one of a kind film that doesn't fail to entertain.
I have never been left so speechless and at a loss for words about a film before. Sion Sono, you are a masterful director and writer and I am looking forward to watching more of your films.
The last 30 minutes of this film are probably the greatest to happen to cinema. Sorry PTA, sorry Kubrick, sorry Haneke, sorry von Trier, sorry, pretty much everyone I love - when Yu walks into that room, everything changes. 10/5 forever
Nigh 4 hours of hilarity and action
Film doesn't feel even half of it's run time
This movie made me– what's the phrase? Fall apart into a million pieces...
Eso... fue... hermoso.
Para que hacer una peli de un genero si puedes hacerlos todos.
Que dure 4 horas y sea tan entretenida es trabajo de un genio loco.
That a four hour film about Catholic guilt, up the skirt photography, gender-bending love affairs and schoolgirls performing kung-fu, managed to hold my interest throughout is quite an achievement. It's completely bonkers yet epic in a Shakespearean kind of way (think Othello meets Twelfth Night but that only partly explains it) and perhaps the best compliment I can pay it is that it needed to be longer to flesh out some of the other character's stories. Possibly the most surprisingly enjoyable film I've seen in years.
Fictional cults and sects on film, however thinly veiled.
Preferably no demonic takeovers, although it can't always be avoided.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.