This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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) Jesus worship
30) Kurt Cobain worship
31) A car chase
32) Implied pedophilia
33) A porn…
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.
It's been 2 weeks since I've seen this film and it's still hard to describe how exciting it is.
A satiric mixture of modern Japanese culture, coming-of-age movies and classic romantic movies.
It spends the first hour introducing the three important main characters through tons of voice-over but with an incredible sense of visual storytelling through editing with a creative regard to content and memorable staging. The whole film heads towards the day "a miracle happens". After that, the film changes it's tone and offers so much more and turns into a deeply moving portrayal of simple people with simple needs and a desire for love and meaning in life.
It's four hour runtime doesn't appear to be daunting in the slightest since it's impeccably packed with tons of different thematics, humor, melodrama, melancholy, joy and pretty much every emotion you can think of.
There is a guerilla-art quality to this film. One gets the impression it's being made up on the spot, while your watching it, yet there is an intricate construction. Contradictions abound. I smiled through most of it thinking "This can't be serious." I was amazed by the entire cast's chameleon like ability to move convincingly among different levels of sanity. Everyone in the film is so earnestly bizarre. If you like Sono's work you will not be disappointed by this. If you haven't seen anything by him, why not start with a four hour movie? The music is great.
I finally did it. I finally committed to Love Exposure. It's been on my watchlist ever since I joined Letterboxd, and now - it's done. I made it through.
And I have reached Enlightenment.
The total running time is nearly 4 hours. The title card is 58 minutes into the film. There are multiple chapters throughout, each focusing on a single character and helping weave them into the epic narrative. It's a mishmash of genres and styles, its tone endlessly shifting but never becoming uneven. There isn't a dull moment to be found anywhere at all, the story and characters both engaging and unpredictable.
The final product is something incredibly weird and wholly wonderful - and it needs to be seen to be believed. Like an ultra-violent coming-of-age TV drama filled with love, loss, religion, cross-dressing, cults, porno, and panty shots - Love Exposure is, above all else, totally Sion Sono.
If more four hour long films were this fun, I wouldn't mind a single one of them. Love Exposure is very weird, while staying just close enough to life that I never grew tired of the weirdness, and had me rooting for even the most insane and downright creepy characters. If not for it's length, this could easily join The Rocky Horror Picture Show or El Topo as being one of the ultimate midnight movies. Regardless, it's already developed a cult status that isn't going anywhere.
Four hours of pure joy..
Underwhelming, other than some quality upskirt gusset photography.
I think I'm just sick to the tits of the wacky-japanese-teen-drama deal.
Plus they chose the wrong Yura Yura Teikoku tracks for the soundtrack.
AUGUSTO, CONFESSO QUE PEQUEI AO INSULTAR ESSE FILME, POR FAVOR PERDOA-ME.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
Movies that are slightly off.