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…
Don't let the title fool you like it did me! I thought it was going to be another sappy and sentimental love story! The 4 hour timeframe attached to a genre (Romance) I'm not a huge fan of also served as a huge deterrent!
So I pretty much went into this film with little to no details! If I had realized that Sion Sono was the director of the film I would have done cartwheels all the way to my laptop and popped this baby to the top of my que!
Being a former catholic this film really hit me where I live! It was absolutely hilarious, edgy, refreshing, irreverent, naughty and perverse! My feelings for the film are indescribable..…
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,…
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…
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…
A film experience that's hard to describe. Given the provocative subject matter, it ends up being surprisingly sweet natured in it's exploration of the creation and motives of perverts. Fluidly shifting through genres over the course of four hours, I felt like I binge-watched a miniseries by the end. While the ending may not have been entirely satisfying, it was appropriate and made you reflect on the more important journey of getting there.
I don't know that I'd watch it again (like most four+ hour long movies, it could be tightened up) but I'm glad I did.
i'm a little bit overwhelmed right now. i need some time to think about what the hell i just watched.
Something I've learned from the two four hour movies I've ever seen; is that they better be worth fucking investing half a day into. This is obvious, but specifically I'm on about the finales. This and Gone with the Wind are my current marathon epics of cinema, based on length alone, and I've thoroughly enjoyed both.
Gone with the Wind, though, I would admit isn't exactly a fantastic film. On the blu-ray they added in a five minute intermission in the middle, adding a little authenticity and throwback to the era, and I felt myself kind of relieved that I'd get a little breather. What made it worth it though? That final line. In a single sentence of absolute and…
Now, this right here is how all of these immature movies should be. Bruno Dumont should be taking many notes. It doesn't really pretend to have anything serious to say (though I think it does have many fascinating comments on sexuality, religion, trauma, and pretty much anything else I've seen in a Japanese film from the past thirty years) and just takes a bizarre, joyful glee in it. The most amazing thing about this four hour film though is the brevity. Sono packs in about ten hours of movie here at least running through the immense plot at an ADD pace while never sacrificing character or a good joke. The film is also surprisingly down to earth considering the absurdity…
Absurdly comic, deadly serious, hyper-realistic and fantastical, staggeringly long and mesmerizing. Love Exposure is one of those films that seems too bizarre and unwatchable to bother with when someone describes it to you ... how could anyone anticipate a meaningful or coherent experience when told they'll be sitting through a four hour film on teen romance and kung fu, Catholicism and upskirt photography, cultism and uncontrollable erections, love and obsession, porn films and deprogramming, filial piety and ultra-violence, all inextricably and powerfully infused with Japanese culture and a frantic anime pace?
Somehow this film pulls it off. The bizarrely surreal and absurd situations are presented with over-the-top frenetic passion and energy and yet are built on profoundly serious and sincere…
Fastest most awesomely perverted 4 hours of my life. You won't want it to end.
The true definition of a magnum opus. Love Exposure is a behemoth of a film. Although it's four hour run time may be intimidating, the film zips by at a blistering pace and never gets boring. During these four hours Love Exposure draws every type of emotion from the audience, from the downright hilarious and absurd kung-fu panty-shots, to the despair of the doomed relationships and nail-biting tension of the climax. Sion Sono tackles a massive story that would have fallen to pieces in the hands of a lesser film-maker and delivers one of the greatest films about love and faith ever made.
It's one of those films that makes me want to go through my library and lower a bunch of my 5 star ratings, because this one is just so good that it needs to stand out from the rest.
Another Japanese film written and directed by Sion Sono which gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its four-hour duration and themes including love, family, lust, religion and the art of upskirt photography. I know that the first version was originally six hours long, but was trimmed at the request of the producers... I would not mind 2 more hours of the Sono's master storytelling!
The main story starts with Yū Honda (Takahiro Nishijima), a young teenage Catholic attempting to live his life in a faithful and orderly manner. But after his mother dies, his father, Tetsu, has become a devout Catholic priest operating his own church. Yū's father asks Yū to confess his…
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