Sion Sono has always come acrossed as a very empathetic filmmaker (yes, I know he can be an asshole on set and after watching the documentary about him by Nagisa Oshima's son, I probably wouldn't want to meet him) but his movies are full of empathy.
Even if the characters are poor, perverts, old, young, yakuza, or anywhere else between the range of "good" and "evil".
In "The Land of Hope" Sono shows us his most respectful side by telling the aftermath of a nuclear disaster on a small town. Not only that, but Sono chooses to use lots of still shots (some very long for his average shot lenght) and letting the actors carry the movie.
If it wasn't for the "a sono sion film" title at the beginning, I would have never guessed he directed it, but I'm very glad he did.*
*Well, the second to last sequence definetly gave away it was a Sono film.