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…
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…
...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,…
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 don't know what happened for the last 4 hours, but I liked it.
Four Hours of Perversion:
An Argument in Support of Love Exposure's Inclusion in the Cult Canon
Released domestically in Japan in 2008, and internationally by 2010, Shion Sono's Love Exposure has in the short time since its release already began to develop a cult following. Although the film supposedly screened theatrically in Japan for months, internationally the film was more of an oddity, playing for just a few days in major cities such as New York, or being featured as a late night show at International Film Festivals (Jagernauth). The reason for the film's near obscurity outside of Japan stems from its daunting 237 minute running time, which delayed the film's international release for over two years (and it took…
I don't have the words for this right now, but if I did there would be a whole lot of them. Getting to know Sion Sono as a film director has been a roller coaster ride: Suicide Circle was great, Noriko's Dinner Table even better, and then Cold Fish left me... uh, well, totally cold. Took me a while to get around to seeing more, not least of all because I knew it would be this 4-hour rite of passage. Which is exactly what it is. It's a painful and hilarious look at love, trauma, perversion, blasphemy, misandry, cults (of sex and sexuality, gender, faith, love, and even cinema... but especially love), etc. It flows like a stream of consciousness, weaving all of these subversive themes and volatile emotions into a powerful tapestry. This is probably Sion Sono's genuine magnus opus — a hyperreal blend of A Clockwork Orange and melodramatic manga madness, as pop as it is tremendously deranged.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is as bonkers as religion itself.
Or stupid as black Friday with people buying shit they don`t need.
But hey 4 hours away from all that shit with this crazy bonkers shit solved everything for a bit...
S'han de celebrar aquestes propostes originals, boges i lliures del Japó. Tot i aixi les 4 hores li resten punts al film, amb moments bons però molts altres de fluixos.
It has to be celebrated such original, crazy and free proposals from Japan. However, the 4-hours-lenght harm the film, with good moments but also with several weak moments.
Imagina el realismo mágico de Jeunet, pero pasado por el filtro de la extravagancia del anime japonés y tienes esta Love Exposure.
Es increíble como cuatro horas de películas no resultan tan pesadas cuando tienes una historia que es interesante y alocada. Eso sí, se nos exige como mínimo que entremos en su juego de ideas religiosas extremas y actividades sexuales de moral dudosa. No te pregunté el porqué de las decisiones de los personajes, e intenta verlo desde la lógica interna de su extraño mundo o simplemente apaga y disfruta.
Quizás un fallo sea el ritmo con el que la historia se va narrando, demasiado acelerado hacia el final, aunque esto parece ser más culpa de los productores que de su director y montador.
Una historia de amor atípica, digna de un alocado anime o dorama y que para todo aquel que le guste lo japonés, podrá disfrutar.
I've heard of a public display of love, and of public exposure, but this is a whole new type of awkward, y'all! Shoot, all I had to say is that this drama about a romantic triangle is Japanese, and then one might be able to figure out that there are themes about upskirt photography, sex, religious cults, and other junk in that vein. Man, the Japanese are into awkward material, and this film will definitely tell you all about that, because if it isn't Sion Sono's ultimate coming-of-age drama, then it's the definitive Japanese film. We're talking a pop star lead actor (Takahiro Nishijima of AAA), teen melodrama, uneven pacing, ultra-violence, anime-level action, religiously-charged awkwardness, and awkwardly sexual relationships and…
I'm not issuing a star rating for this, because I legitimately don't even know where to begin. This thing runs four hours and it feels like eight different movies over that time; as I tried to render it on Twitter, "it's a sex farce family melodrama about a cross-dressing upskirt photographer & religious cultism." There are segments that work really well (chapter two, about the psychotic empath girl, or the chapter about the misandrist street brawling girl, or the final stretch tying the disparate threads together, are all fairly strong), but long, looooooong stretches where I had no interest or idea what was happening on screen.
Ultimately, I'm left wondering whether this film trades on elements or genres particular to Japanese…
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- 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
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps