Movie Review – Red Post On Escher Street

Red Post On Escher Street (Escher dori no akai posuto) Japan (2020) Dir. Sion Sono So you think making a film is easy? Just get a camera, find some people to ponce about, edit it and upload to YouTube and you’re on your way to Hollywood? Unfortunately not, as there are many tangibles to be … Continue reading Movie Review – Red Post On Escher Street

The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!)

The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!) Japan (2015) Dir. Sion Sono Not all heroes wear capes or fire laser beams from their eyes, some are ordinary people like you and me (well, maybe less me) who are called upon to use the quirks that makes us help save the world. If only that … Continue reading The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!)

The Forest Of Love

The Forest Of Love Japan (2019) Dir. Sion Sono “Be careful what you wish for as you just might get it” is an old adage that applies to the latest film from provocative Japanese auteur Sion Sono on two levels - firstly, in regard to the plot of this sprawling epic and secondly, referring to … Continue reading The Forest Of Love

Antiporno

Antiporno (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 76 minutes approx. In 2016 it was decided that the Roman Porno movement of the 1970’s and 80’s from famed studio Nikkatsu should be rebooted by directors of the modern generation. Five directors were chosen but only one dared to subvert the … Continue reading Antiporno

The Whispering Star

The Whispering Star (Cert U) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 102 minutes approx. When one thinks of Sion Sono, his subversive four-hour epic Love Exposure, the violent glee of Why Don’t You Play In Hell? or the equally claret soaked exploitation satire of Tag immediately comes to mind. Yet, like … Continue reading The Whispering Star

Re:Born

Re:Born Japan (2016) Dir. Yuji Shimomura The title of this Japanese action thriller has a double meaning as it marks the return to the spotlight of cult martial arts star Tak Sakaguchi (listed as simply “TAK” here), after a three year sojourn from acting. Reuniting with former stunt director Yuji Shimomura for the first time … Continue reading Re:Born

Suicide Club aka Suicide Circle (Jisatsu sâkuru)

Suicide Club aka Suicide Circle (Jisatsu sâkuru) Japan (2001) Dir. Sion Sono The final film of this Halloween weekend is an early and highly controversial effort from the highly controversial Japanese director Sion Sono. While not a horror in the truest sense, Sono does shock us with his trenchant if slightly obtuse and offbeat take … Continue reading Suicide Club aka Suicide Circle (Jisatsu sâkuru)

Love & Peace

Love & Peace (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Japanese maverick Sion Sono had a busy 2015, making no less than SIX films of varying subjects and styles, including the violent satire Tag and this almost unimaginable for Sono family friendly tokusatsu (special effects) fantasy movie, in which … Continue reading Love & Peace

Tag (Riaru onigokko)

Tag (Riaru onigokko) Japan (2015) Dir. Sion Sono Sion Sono has been busy in 2015. Tag is his sixth film of the year (five theatrical films and one TV movie) and follows in the great tradition of Sono’s prior output by crossing genres on a whim. Tag is a unique adaptation of the novel Real … Continue reading Tag (Riaru onigokko)

Tokyo Tribe (Tokyo toraibu)

  Tokyo Tribe (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 116 minutes approx. If there is one thing Japanese provocateur Sion Sono cannot be accused of it is playing it safe with his films. Just when you think you have him figured out, he switches gears and heads off into a new direction while his … Continue reading Tokyo Tribe (Tokyo toraibu)