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…
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…
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,…
...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,…
If you're into panty shots and hard-ons you will love this movie.
I think a lot of us can relate to the struggles to find true love. But I'm not sure if this guy deserves it. Or maybe they are both fucked in the head and deserve each other.
It's 4 hours long. And because of that some things can take a long time to pay off. Like the great line from Tags later on in the movie. I assume the line is the only reason he is in the movie.
There are many other great lines that make this film worth watching. And of course anything related to panty shots.
Sion Sono -「Absurdity into Madness」
Ah. The one that started it all.
This is where the journey title 'Absurdity into Madness' really comes into play.
#12 Love Exposure (2008)
I first encountered this film when I was on Youtube and stumbled upon the trailer. Seemed campy and silly enough for me to enjoy, but what really piqued my interest were two things.
First, the obscene running time of 237 minutes holy shit.
And second, the comments praising it to be the best movie ever.
Naturally I could not not watch this film.
I put it on my watchlist and then proceeded to put off watching it for months (maybe half a year). (You have to understand that obviously I…
In this abruptly cast world, we see blood, we see sex, we see perverts, we see religion taking over people, extremist cults in the rise, blooming murders, hatred, power misuse, injustice, theft, abduction, genitals, perversion, the..the bizarre obsessive personalities, sick people, mentally split, morally corrupt. And maybe while cleaning that speck of dust entering your nose in the dark of night, the blinking light that passes by rids you of negativity. And in that fleeting second, revives a deep rooted/ buried emotion called love.
And Love Exposure, ladies and gentlemen, does all of it...in style.
Some films you watch, some films you enjoy and others, you live them. Even after hours of smashing and hammering thoughts, my brain refused to…
A positively weird, young man's quest for love that gets torpedoed & manipulated by his family, religion, convention & a cult (this list is not exhaustive). The incredible diversity & depth with which Sono equips this roughly four hours adolescence action comedy drama opus is nothing short of brilliant. Next to some characters/actors I may still have to figure out what keeps me from really loving it.
Sion Sono's absolute magnum opus. Needs to be seen at least once for those who are open to the wild, the bizarre, and the achingly romantic.
One of the greatest scripts ever written. Is it the best? Very possible. Here's a couple reasons:
(1) It is a four hour long attempt to answer the surprisingly complex question of the good and the bad that comes from mixing boners and love, and the different ways that society exarcebates the issue or enlightens itself. Sono found that it was only possible to do this with a plot that involved cross-dressing martial-art alter-egos, an assassination plot against a conpiratorial cult, and a panty-shot of the Virgin Mary. If he didn't fully accomplish his goals, it's only because of some questionable directing decisions (it's hard not to be put-off the seventeenth time a group of people are trying to subdue…
This really didn't feel like a four hour movie. The first two hours just flew past, the eccentric characters where all pretty fun to watch. I love how the father's relationship essentially caused changes in all the other characters lives, everything was causationally tied together from it, Yoko being introduced to Jesus by the lover chick, Koike entering the picture due to an impromptu panty shot which Yu was only taking to get his fathers attention as a sinner....and so on. Also the ninja upskirt training was hilarious to watch. I did feel a little restless around the 3rd hour mark but the film got back on course.
It's worth mentioning the blood in it too, its not used all…
I liked how weird the movie is, but the story could have been told in much less than four hours, that being said, I did not feel tremendously bored at any point. The tone shifts can be jarring, but it is part of the weirdness and it does manage to prevent monotony.
It uses a couple of classical compositions: "Boléro", by Maurice Ravel, and the second movement of "Symphony No. 7", by Ludwig van Beethoven.
a cinematic masterpiece.
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