Lesser known early picture from Sion Sono (at least in North America) despite its being shot in NYC. A young college student sick of the sleepy but restless Japan travels to New York looking for hazard. He meets up with a couple of street punks and slips into a life of chaos within friendship. Some scripting issues but is still one hell of a watch. This is somewhere between Sono's humanist and more challenging work.
A beautiful example of how it feels to be in your prime when young. The handheld cinematography looks amazing, the acting from Jai West, although somewhat campy, is powerful and commanding, and the overall feeling and themes this movie throws in your face are fantastic. What makes it so great, however, is it touches on its themes and then throws them to the wind, instead focusing on pure feeling.
Worst movie I saw on Auteurs.com What's so great about Sion Sono ? Strange Circus had some good ideas, but was unsensitive. Love Exposure is insulting at best. His movies are often badly shot and his structures are awful and pretentious. It is too easy to just film a fiction like it is reality to make it feel real. It doesn't make great cinema, only amateurish statements.