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Love Exposure

Sion Sono    Unrated   DVD

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Having grown in a devout Christian family and desperate to please his sin-obsessed Catholic priest father, young Yu (Takahiro Nishijima) a fairly normal kid who has no legitimate sins to confess decides to take on sinning big time and becomes a master of up-skirt photography while perfecting his ninja moves required to get just the right angle on his subjects. Things become complicated when our drag-clad hero meets the woman of his dreams; the man-hating Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who’s involved in all-out street brawl and beating up a gang of men.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest movies I've ever seen March 8 2011
By Golden-Flute - Published on Amazon.com
First off, I feel I must give this warning for potential watchers of this film. Some of the main themes such as religion, cult and sexuality are brought in to the forefront. If you are uncomfortable with these controversial themes at all, this probably isn't the movie for you. Were a rating to be released in the US for this movie, it would probably be an R or higher. That being said, these themes are acknowledged tastefully and with a purpose.

The characterization is beautiful and the acting is so breathtaking. It's no surprise that Love Exposure won 14 awards and was nominated for 2 others.

The storyline follows three characters, teenagers who have been abused by their parents. The main male character, Yu, is a devout Catholic whose father entered priesthood after the death of their wife and mother. However, his father becomes involved with a woman who eventually runs off. His father changes and forces Yu to come to confessionals every day and force him to confess sins that he didn't commit. Yu is forced to lie to his father but when he is discovered, he feels he must actually commit sins so he won't lie be lying to his father. These sins become more and more heinous until finally he starts taking sneak pictures up girl's dresses. He doesn't take these pictures to be turned on, but instead to merely have sins he can confess.

One day, his friends dare him to dress as a woman and go kiss a girl he likes. He helps to save a girl, Yoko, from thugs and kisses her before he runs away. His life takes a turn when his father's lover returns with Yoko in two and the two become adopted siblings. However, there is someone on the outside, the third character, who is craftily maneuvering their lives so as to induct them into the cult religion, the Zero Church. It's up to Yu to maintain his own faith as he travels through the underworld in order to find the third girl out and save his family from being converted into the cult.

This story is twisted from start to finish and the cinematography is well-thought out and gorgeous. The movie is four hours long, but flies by. Every second is filled with a fantastic romance meets comedy meets thriller storyline. I rate the story five stars out of five. This movie has easily become one of my favorite films of all time.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful ride for your emotions July 14 2011
By Ceda Xiong - Published on Amazon.com
It's pretty rare to find a four hour movie as compelling as Love Exposure. The director has a kinky sense of humor that manages to be sincere and innocent at the same time as the Yu Honda embraces his inner pervert like a form of sacred art. I haven't seen a movie that mixes the sacred and the profane so much in lighthearted way without losing too much to cynicism. The mains are wonderfully acted, I loved Yu Honda, Yoko, and even the disturbingly evil Ai. The story weaves and bobs around themes that would be verboten in popular movies, but in this context, it has an ease of boundaries and fluidity. The genre-flux from rom-com to kung-fu movie to melodrama is done effortlessly and as the captive audience, I had no choice but to let the movie take me along for the emotional trip.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Exposure! Feb. 20 2012
By Demoboy - Published on Amazon.com
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At first glance, one might think this movie to be a bit long, but once you get into the movie, you hardly notice the time at all. The incredible care, and detail put into the story make this one enchanting, seriously psychologically messed up piece of cinema. I rate this 5stars for the amazing story and drama, and how well it was produced. Sono-sama is definitely a master. I would recommend Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table, and Strange Circus all by Sono-sama and the Korean film Old Boy
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Exposure Dec 29 2011
By A kids review - Published on Amazon.com
Standard movie runtime has been universally accepted at 90 to 120 minutes. Expand beyond that and you better give up the goods -- robots, or war, or time travel, or stories of unrequited transdimensional love triangles. But a 237 minute movie about the art of upskirt photography? Now that's bold. Such is the case with Love Exposure, a 2008 film by Sion Sono that has charming topics like lust, religion, and coming of age in a world where being a panty shot photographer is a normal thing. The film has had a long run of success at festivals, but its odd topic and story have kept it from reaching any audience in America -- until now. It is now on dvd and I would urge everybody to rent this film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sion's best in 2008 Jan. 2 2012
By Dan Bergevin - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, Sion's movies are all brilliant and the fact that they are very slowly trickling into the US is a bit annoying. One scan of the internet (including IMDB and Sion's home page) will confirm that Sion has a massive list of movies under his belt, with more coming, and so far I can only find seven of his movies on DVD in the US. It took us late into 2011 before Love Exposure (released in Japan in 2008) was even released as a US region code DVD, and even before that it was hard to find at all, let alone for a fair price, in other region codes. A three year wait for a hot commodity? Someone is sleeping on the job.

Oh, but you wanted to read about the movie right?

Love Exposure, like all Sion movies, is impossible to learn about from reading the back of the box or any review anyone can write about it. The basic description is something like this...

Yu becomes tired of fabricating sins he didn't commit in order to please his father, a crazy priest who reprimands Yu whenever he DOESN'T do things wrong. So Yu starts committing every sin he can, joining a street gang and eventually, to really prove to his dad he's a sinner, becomes a peek-a-panty photographer. Things become complicated when he meets his dream girl, Yoko, in the midst of a street fight and now must win her heart.

Yeah, "things get complicated" alright. That's the understatement of the century. After all of the above happens we still have about three hours left in the film. Let's just say Yu's "I want to sin so I can confess" perspective gets him into a fair bit of trouble, not the least of which is drawing the attention of a cult promoter who takes a special interest in him.

And all the while, Yu keeps his focus on Yoko, despite everything that happens to him as a result, including her relentless scorn toward him, which only increases as he tries even harder to win her over. But will he succeed...?

Yep. It's a love movie. Love is not an alien concept in Sion's movies but in this one it is the thread that connects everything that happens through all 237 minutes of the film. This is 237 minutes without a single dull moment, mind you, so if you're adverse to watching a four hour film just free up your schedule and go for it. It's worth it.

American romance movies, suck on this. Oh, and I'll take more Sion movies, please and thank you.

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