Love Exposure

Film Intro
Love Exposure
Film Info
Original Title: 
Ai no Mukidashi
Country: 
Japan
Year of Production: 
2009
Rating: 
18
Genre: 
Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 
237 mins
Original Language: 
Japanese

Summary

Love Exposure
Dir: 
Sion Sono
Writer: 
Sion Sono
Cast: 
Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe, Atsuro Watabe
Synopsis: 

Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he's saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman.

On cue, the narrative introduces feisty schoolgirl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who loathes men and enjoys beating them up for their moronic attitudes. Yu falls in love and tries to win her, fully aware that exposure of his superstar status will enrage her. Observing the development of this bizarre courtship is religious cult rep Aya Koike (Sakura Ando). Aya not only wants to claim Yoko for herself but aims to convert each of the protagonists to her own spiritual cause. Pointed (and pointless) violence ensues at various intervals, beginning with Aya's castration of her comatose father.

Date of Domestic Cinema Release: 
31st January 2009
Crew
Producer: 
Umekawa Haruo
Executive Producer: 
Yokohama Toyoyuki, Kawai Shinya
Co-Executive Producer: 
Matsuoka Shusaku
Associate Producer: 
Yutaka Morohashi
Editor: 
Junichi Ito
Production Manager: 
Kaku Toda
Cinematography: 
Souhei Tanigawa
Music: 
Tomohide Harada
Lighting: 
Kaneko Yasuhiro
Make-up: 
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Costume Design: 
Chieko Matsumoto, Isao Karasawa
Casting: 
Mitsuyo Ishigaki
Presented in Association with: 
Phantom Films, Omega Project Ltd, Studio 3
Blu-ray Disc Info
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BD Release Date: 
August 6th, 2012
BD Specifications: 
New high definition transfer supervised by Sion Sono, 5.1 Surround Sound, Removable English subtitles
BD Bonus Features: 
1 hour long Making Of, Additional 30 minute Making Of with Sion Sono interview, Hikari Mitsushima deleted & extended scenes, Sakura Ando deleted & extended scenes, Zero Church deleted scene, Theatrical trailer
DVD Info
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DVD Release Date: 
25th Jan 2010
DVD Specifications: 
Anamorphic widescreen, removable subtitles
DVD Bonus Features: 
1 hour long "Making of", theatrical trailer and trailers of other Third Window Films titles
Recognition
Awards: 
Berlin Film Festival - Won Caligari Film Award, FIPRESCI Prize, Fantasia Film Festival - Won Best Asian Film, Jury Prize, Most Innovative Film, Special Jury Prize
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