The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.
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Woozaah! My 3rd Sono in a month. And yes, his weakest yet. It's like he's trying too hard to get a "Japanese's David Lynch" stamp with this one, with an end results of a story too difficult to be churned without rolling our eyes (Even the sect from Love Exposure is still more realistic).
Beautifully bleak. Though, I thought things kind of fell apart when Sono tried to tie so many things up at the end. It's a quaint ode to Rampo, until it's very Miike finale. (by the way, was anyone else reminded of Miike's "3 Extremes" short by this film?)
My least favorite Sono so far. I thought it was really repetitive and just went out of the way to prepare me for a twist I just didn't care about. I like the circus theme, though, thought it was a nice touch to the movie. Kinda a fresh of breath air every time we entered those parts.
for me, the poorest sono film yet. this one felt confused, as if he didn't know where to apply the seriousness and where to apply the wackiness. usually these two elements are masterfully worked by sono to create a film that is both upsetting and rewarding. this one just felt too self-conscious. and the burlesque imagery was completely meaningless. it basically could've been cut from the film without any consequence.
I have not watched all of Sion Sono's film but this is the most disturbing one I've seen at this point. There's so many twists, that by the end I was left wondering, "What did I just watch??" So, in other words Sion Sono did his job.
Sion Sono is an eye poker. He is most definitively poking the audiences eyes as much as our brains in Strange Circus. The writing feels very Lynchian in the surprising way the film unfolds itself. Sion may be almost pulling the carpet from under our feet a few times toward the end but I think he fucks with us just enough. Masumi Miyazaki is fantastic, the content is expectedly transgressive, and camera work fits.
So much beauty shines through such a dark, unsettling story. This film is certainly not easy to sit through, especially the second time around... but that's one of the reasons it's always stuck with me. I've never seen such a psychological spiral brought to life this way. Sono doesn't pull any punches.