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Cult director Shion Sono’s four hour epic on the human condition and the nature of love has to be one of the greatest films of modern times, and certainly of the 21st century. This is a love story with a unique religious context, that of the Catholic Japanese. Its a film so long, and so full of ideas, that its hard to remember everything that happens and in what order, its a bit like trying to recount the last ten years of your life to a stranger. The plot is fairly bizarre. Yu is the son of a priest who falls in love with his step sister, Yoko, whom he sees as the Virgin Mary. Yoko, however, seems to regard Yu with disdain. She is infact a lesbian, and in love with her adopted mother, Yu’s step mother, Keiko. During the course of the film, and for various reasons, Yu finds fame as an ‘upskirt’ porn photographer and also creates a female alter ego whom Yoko falls in love with, not knowing that its him. With the arrival of the mysterious Aya, the head of a sinister cult known as Zero Church, and who has become strangely infatuated with Yu, things start to take a darker turn as it becomes a love triangle of rejected youth. Love Exposure left me emotionally drained. At times incredibly sad, but also very funny.
Who could have makes a plot about peek-a-panty, cult religion, transgender, psychopath, and christianity, cramped into an almost 4 hours film, didn’t get any ridicoulous ? Sion Sono could. Love Exposure is just groundbreaking in any way possible. shit, this is the fastest 4 hours of my life in such a long time. The pace is never get slow, the story always have a quick turn. And while i understand that this film is not for everyone ( Panties everywhere, extreme violent, controversial religious theme arc), but i just feels the urge that, EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS FILM. trust me, it’s a unique experience. With a feeling of surrealism of manga-like world,.effective use of music, and a mind-blowing and horrifying scene ( There’s a scene that just make Antichrist looks like a donald duck movie), this is, in my opinion, one of the best Japanese, heck, one of the best film that i’ve ever seen !
One of the best Japanese movies to date. Sion Sono beats Quentin Tarantino at his own game and is creative and original besides. The film gets a little over the top and could possibly be trimmed down a little. However it succeeds and is more engaging than 97% of all other films released in the last year, and with a four hour running time besides.
I related to some of the religious fanaticism I experienced in my youth. However, despite the deceivers and the people led astray, I still believe there are truly sincere people that do the Lord’s work. I just think Sono showcased how sometimes it can all go so wrong.
The translation of the film was good and solid for the most part. However, during the course of the film, there were some typos. Then for 1 Corinthians 13, there was the infant/child mistranslation. Speaking of Tarantino, the same thing happened in his Inglourious Basterds. Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) tells a man he is behaving like a “child” (“enfant” in French), but the translation pops up as “infant”. So when we heard the passage, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child…” it was translated as “When I was a infant, I spoke as an infant, I understood as an infant…”
While the above has no bearing on Sion Sono’s film (he obviously had no hand in the translation), it did make me wonder if the French and Japanese word for child sounded like “infant” to Americans or to English speakers.
Other than that, the film has everything: deception, vying for a father’s affection, fights (all kinds of fights), the quest for love and lust, and the jerk friends who will talk you into anything.
Overall, it’s 4/5. I highly recommend seeing it if you get a chance. I saw it with © <’,))( on the big screen and to say the crowd was pumped is a total understatement!!