Izumi is married to a famous romantic novelist but their life seems just a simple repetition without romance. One day, she decides to follow her desires and accepts to be a naked model that fakes sex in front of the camera. Soon she meets a mentor and starts selling her body to strangers.
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The contemporary Japanese cinema entertains itself doing fool and weird, something that rarely ever happened before and that once earned it a top spot. We should look up at the South Korean films for what is obviously missing here.
A vision of merciless counter-romantic despair. Totally of our time. Not irony-free but for Sion this is as close as it's gonna get to irony-free. A film of "body." A film beyond "body." A consolation for those who have been victimized yet refuse to be "victims."
This is definitely the most challenging film in Sono's 'Hate Trilogy'. I've heard many people comparing it to 'Cold Fish', but for me it harkens back to the psycho-sexual lunacy that was 'Strange Circus'. Both films offer up scabrous attacks on a patriarchal society that is inherently misogynistic & hypocritical.
The last film in Sion Sono's so-called 'Hate Trilogy' is arguably the weakest - but it's Sono, so it's still pretty brilliant. In this haunting and gorgeously-lit film, a repressed housewife falls down a Lynchean rabbit hole into a world of sex and depravity. She soon learns that love and the fulfillment of one's desires are often mutually exclusive - and the pursuit of either can lead to self-destruction.
Sono's films are entertaining enough and have some interesting things going on narratively and technically, but they are not essential, although he seems content cranking out 2 or 3 melodramatic sexually infused films a year in his quest to become the Asian Fassbinder.