Yu has no choice. His father, a Catholic priest, is urging him to confess, but in order to confess he must sin, and the only sin his cynical father recognizes as such is sexual perversion. So Yu becomes the King of Tokyo’s photo voyeurs – until he meets the Maria of his religious fantasies, Yoko.
How to sum up this astonishing film? It's a supremely bizarre, unhinged epic; a monumental meditation on life, the universe and underwear.. Themes of religious guilt, family feuds, covert cross dressing, sinister cults and martial arts-inspired upskirt voyeurism are touched upon. Alternatively, strip away all of these layers and what you're left with is a rather sweet and tender love story. Prepare to be bewildered..
Brilliant! It's ridiculous, disgusting and wildly ambitious and inventive! One of the most truly unique films I've seen in a long time. I did think it lost a bit of it's momentum in the second half, but the strength of the first half alone gets this a five! Great performances too!
I haven't seen a film that serves as its own aesthetic revolution and collapse like this since EROS + MASSACRE. Like that film, LOVE EXPOSURE chews up and spits out everything through de-centered, off-kilter framing. Also like that film, sex and philosophy (or in this case, theology), dominates all, a reminder that desire drives the most daring rebellions. Mad, sloppy, epic, small and beautiful, all at once.
When viewers said this was a 4 hour movie that flew right by, I honestly thought they were full of it. But "Love Exposure" is indeed a masterpiece that feels about as half as long as its runtime. Sion Sono's exploration of love, Christianity, upskirt photography, and awkward erections is the most immersive viewing experience I've had since "Enter the Void." Very Japanese, potentially offensive, but highly recommended