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3 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
Raised by an extremely strict Roman Catholic, a young man, who sneaks snapshots of women's panties, meets a gal who becomes his Virgin Mary.

Cast: Takahiro Nishijima , Hikari Mitsushima , Sakura Ando , Makiko Watanabe , Atsuro Watabe , Yûko Genkaku , Itsuji Itao , Mitsuru Kuramoto

Director: Shion Sono

Genres: Comedy drama, Romance

Distributor: Olive Films

Love Exposure (2008)

Release Date: September 2nd, 2011|3 hr. 57 min.

critic reviews (5)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    This intricately plotted Japanese epic has so many twists and turns - not to mention bizarre characters with even more bizarre backstories - that the time will fly by. As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie. show more

  • 88
    Simon Abrams Slant Magazine

    Japanese poet and cult filmmaker Shion Sono defines himself as an anti-establishment artist partly out of cynicism and partly thanks to his romantic concept of libertarianism. show more

  • September 16, 2012 er00000000129482
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    Yu (Takahiro Nishijima), Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima) and Koike (Sakura Ando) are 3 teenagers who meet through some inexplicable events and *************, forming a complex and unusual relationship. At the epicentre of ‘Love Exposure’ is a story of love, sex and religion, and literally everything else inbetween. We follow Yu, who’s deeply religious mother died when he was young. His mother gave him a statuette of the Virgin Mary, to present to his ideal woman when he grows up. Yu’s father Tetsu (Atsuro Watabe) becomes a priest. Tetsu tries to get Yu to confess to his sins, but Yu has none, and becomes increasingly frustrated at his fathers obsession. Tetsu faces even bigger challenges from the unwanted advances of the promiscuous Kaori (Makiko Watanabe) who won’t take no for an answer. Yu faces no choice but to commit sins to please his father. He joins a group of delinquents who introduce Yu to a bizarre pornographer who instructs him to raise himself to a new level of consciousness by perfoming various martial arts whilst taking photographs of young girls’ panties! Yu’s only getting warmed up, as he first falls in love with Yoko, a young girl who hates men! Worse still, she becomes his stepsister. Throw in the evil Koike who works for a cult called the ‘Zero Church’, this parakeet-loving vixen enjoys nothing more than coercing Catholic families to join, and Yu’s is her next target. Where do you start with ‘Love Exposure’, a twisted love triangle which often defies categorisation? Bonkers ad infinitum doesn’t come close to defining this film, which whizzes from extreme gore and revenge to manga style action to the sweetest teenage love story, only the Japanese could get away with this. Just take Yu, who at various points is a cross dresser, a murderer, a porn-star, an asylum patient, a martial arts expert, a pantie photographer, a terrorist, and still has time to woo the affections of Yoko! I have no idea how director Shion Sono has managed to glue this often subversive film together, but he’s managed to do it with style and good humour. Brimming with ideas and some brilliant lines, with so many characters and storylines, flashbacks and fantasy sequences, Sono still maintains a strong narrative throughout. ‘Love Exposure’ may be 4 hours long (trimmed from an original 6 hours!) but it flew past. ‘Love Exposure’ is warped, profane, cringe-worthy, romantic, disgusting, violent, whimsical, and even spookily profound. With so much entertainment on tap, Sono still manages to weave together topics such as parenting, religion, brainwashing, sexual intolerance, and even questioned our attitudes to perversion. ‘Love Exposure’ may border on the insane, but ****** heart is a love story, done with so much fun and t

  • September 05, 2011 jab991
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