Love Exposure

“It’s too bad words like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘epic’ have been so overused by excitable film critics, because Sion Sono’s Love Exposure is an actual epic masterpiece that is going to dominate the filmscape for decades.” – New York Asian Film Festival

“Japan’s eroto-theosophical answer to the allegorical journeys of Alejandro Jodorowsky” — Film Four

Ask yourself this question: when was the last time a movie really mattered to you, and shattered your world? Every so often, a film comes screaming out of the ether that magically reveals a larger truth about this thing we stumble through called life — and Sion Sono’s behemoth 2009 masterpiece gleefully fits that bill, tackling life’s biggest issues: love, death, sex, revenge, cults, religion and up-skirt panty photography. Winner of festival awards across the globe, and purportedly based on the life of one Sono’s friends, it’s the epic story of a teen who loses his Catholic faith when his mother dies, and his bible-thumping priest father demands he confesses to sins he hasn’t committed. Manufacturing sins to keep his father pleased, Yu trains in the “art” of panchira (clandestine panty snapshots) — and all bets are off when he crosses paths with Yoko, the woman of his dreams (his “Virgin Mary”), at a streetfight. As he pursues his heart, Yu gets tripped up by apocalyptic religious cults, Catholic guilt and the call of pornography — and must use his love to fight his way out of darkness. The Cinefamily is proud to once more present one of the top Japanese films of the last decade!
Dir. Sion Sono, 2008, HDCAM, 237 min.

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