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Nothing is sacred in cult director Sono Sion's sensational four-hour marathon feature Love Exposure. Having already shocked and enthralled audiences with films like Suicide Club and Noriko's Dinner Table, Sono goes straight for the left field in this brilliantly twisted opus of love, obsession, satire, and violence. Nishijima Takahiro of pop group AAA makes his silver-screen debut opposite Mitsushima Hikari (Death Note) and Ando Sakura (Kaze no Sotogawa) as the film's wayward hero, a teen who takes upskirt photos. Winner of the Caligari Film Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, Love Exposure skews religion, family, and sexuality in a strange, savage, and off-the-wall tale that bears the unmistakable signature of Sono Sion.

Troubled 17-year-old Yu (Nishijima Takahiro) is the son of a widowed priest (Watabe Atsuro) who's in an illicit relationship with a parishioner (Watanabe Makiko). Beleaguered by his father's hypocritical religious zeal, Yu takes his own sin - taking upskirt panty shots of schoolgirls - very seriously, so much so it becomes a job. Yu is saving his first time for the ideal girl, and he finally meets her in the form of Yoko (Mitsushima Hikari), a sassy man-hating schoolgirl who beats up guys for the heck of it. Yu falls hard for Yoko, but courting her is no easy matter, especially when fanatical cult recruiter Aya (Ando Sakura) also has her eyes on Yoko.

Note: This edition includes the Japanese theatrical version, which features several shots with mosaic.

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Product Title: Love Exposure (Blu-ray) (Japan Version) Love Exposure (Blu-ray) (日本版) Love Exposure (Blu-ray) (日本版) 愛のむきだし 【Blu-rayDisc】 Love Exposure (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Ai no Mukidashi Ai no Mukidashi Ai no Mukidashi Ai no Mukidashi Ai no Mukidashi
Artist Name(s): Mitsushima Hikari | Nishijima Takahiro | Ando Sakura | Watabe Atsuro | Fukikoshi Mitsuru | Itao Itsuji | Nakamura Asami | Horibe Keisuke | Okubo Taka | Iwamatsu Ryo | Hirosawa Sou | Fukami Motoki | Furuya Usamaru | Oguchi Hiroshi | Onoue Hiroyuki | Nagaoka Tasuku | Jai West 滿島光 | 西島隆弘 | 安藤櫻 | 渡部篤郎 | 吹越滿 | 板尾創路 | 中村 麻美 | 堀部圭亮 | 大久保鷹 | 岩松了 | 廣澤草 | 深水元基 | 古屋兔丸 | Oguchi Hiroshi | 尾上寬之 | 永岡佑 | Jai West | 清水優 满岛光 | 西岛隆弘 | 安藤樱 | 渡部笃郎 | 吹越满 | 板尾创路 | 中村麻美 | 堀部圭亮 | 大久保鹰 | 岩松了 | 广泽草 | 深水元基 | 古屋兔丸 | Oguchi Hiroshi | 尾上宽之 | 永冈佑 | Jai West | 清水优 満島ひかり | 西島隆弘 | 安藤サクラ | 渡部篤郎 | 吹越満 | 板尾創路 | 中村麻美 | 堀部圭亮 | 大久保鷹 | 岩松了 | 広澤草 | 深水元基 | 古屋兎丸 | 大口広司 | 尾上寛之 | 永岡佑 | ジェイ・ウエスト | 倉本美津留 | 清水優 | 岡田正 | 宮台真司 | 玄覺悠子 Mitsushima Hikari | Nishijima Takahiro | Ando Sakura | Watabe Atsuro | Fukikoshi Mitsuru | Itao Itsuji | Nakamura Asami | Horibe Keisuke | Okubo Taka | Iwamatsu Ryo | Hirosawa Sou | Fukami Motoki | Furuya Usamaru | Oguchi Hiroshi | Onoue Hiroyuki | Nagaoka Tasuku | Jai West
Director: Sono Sion 園子溫 园子温 園子温 Sono Sion
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-07-06
Publisher Product Code: ASBD-1051
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Amuse soft Entertainment
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030815535

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Professional Review of "Love Exposure (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)"

January 19, 2010

This professional review refers to Love Exposure (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Special Edition) (UK Version)
Love Exposure defies description, and that's a compliment. Director Sion Sono's action-comedy-drama-satire-whatever is a loopy masterpiece of unexpected power, using modest production values to shock, surprise, amaze, delight and even disgust. The film touches on religion, family, sex, love, lust, guilt and more, while also cleverly dabbling in the unique otaku culture that makes Japanese entertainment so seductive to some and repulsive to others. The whole is outlandish, surprisingly touching, compulsively watchable and unbelievably entertaining, but what does Love Exposure ultimately mean? Maybe not a lot, but the film's ability to affect cannot be denied.

Told through copious voiceover and a repetitive yet hypnotic soundtrack consisting of classical music, Japanese punk and other assorted cues, Love Exposure doesn’t even deliver its title card until nearly an hour in. Before that, we're introduced to Yu Tsunoda (a very game Takahiro Nishijima), the 17 year-old son of a Catholic priest, and the boy who will become the "King of Perverts". Yu's road to perversion is a winding one; he and his father Tetsu (Atsuro Watabe) lead a devout religious life, but Tetsu falls for vivacious party woman Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). The relationship doesn't last, leaving Tetsu broken and emotionally unreachable. Ultimately, the only way that Yu can affect his father is through confession of his sins.

So Yu sins, first in minor ways like killing insects, gradually upping his transgressions until he becomes a virtuoso at "peek-a-panty" photography - and that really gets his father's attention. Yu is recruited into a group of perverts where he learns to jump around like a wushu master while wielding a camera, all so he can snap a picture of some girl's patterned undies. It's in that training montage - set to Ravel's Bolero - that Love Exposure sets its outlandishly entertaining tone. What Yu and his pals are doing is ridiculous, but there's an odd exhilaration in how it celebrates perversion. Adding an extra layer is Yu's inability to find his activity titillating. He's doing it for his father's attention, and not because it excites him sexually. Obviously, this is not normal for a healthy young man.

Hope for Yu's sexual function arrives in the form of Yoko (tough and fetching Hikari Mitsushima), a rebellious teen who kicks ass while enchanting males with her manner of wearing a schoolgirl outfit. At first sight, Yoko becomes Yu's "Maria", i.e. his ideal woman embodying purity, strength, and alluring, barely legal sex appeal. Unfortunately, Yoko disdains Yu and only has eyes for Lady Scorpion, a trenchcoat-wearing gangster who's really Yu in drag. Also, Yoko and Yu become step-siblings, as Yoko's guardian is Kaori, who's newly reconciled with Tetsu. How will Yu win his Maria under these sitcom-like circumstances? And what about mysterious teen Koike (devilish Sakura Ando), the femme fatale who schemes to turn Yu's family against him? Note: all this happens by the end of Love Exposure's second hour, and there are still two more to go. That’s right, this film is four hours long. Good God.

Love Exposure resembles a live-action anime in that it presents a simplistic and barely realistic world but makes it credible and compelling. The story itself feels like it could have sprung from some bizarre manga - it's given to sitcom-like plot devices that are exaggerated and yet involving, and is unblinkingly supportive of its characters' convictions. Love Exposure is too ridiculous to take seriously, but Sono asks us to do just that - especially during the last two hours, where the emotions become heightened to melodrama-worthy levels. The film upends its sitcom plotline and explores a religious cult called "Zero", giving Sono a chance to question faith, love and family to a surprising degree. At one point, one character quotes the Bible for close to ten minutes - a rather indulgent and even pretentious move - and yet Sono's previous three hours have primed the audience for precisely that catharsis. Emotions and situations have built to a point where Sono gets away with practically anything.

Love Exposure is decidedly low budget; the film was shot on video, art direction is more spartan than sumptuous, and costumes quite simple. The overall production resembles a TV drama more than a feature film, but it's content rather than form that fuels Love Exposure. The content does sprawl; ultimately, there's so much here that Sono's overall meaning becomes difficult to parse. It may all be a red herring, however. Love Exposure may talk a complex game, but it finds its success in the most basic of ideas. Despite the lofty themes thrown back and forth, the story ultimately comes down to this: will Yu ever be able to reach Yoko, and will she return his love and faith? In many ways, Love Exposure is simply a pure love story - albeit one that delights in cross-dressing, lesbian flirtations, shadowy erections and plenty of peek-a-panty. Audiences are required to be discerning.

Despite the epic length and naughty subject matter, Sion Sono makes Love Exposure surprisingly accessible. Sono delivers his exposition in a very entertaining fashion, and fanboys are served too. Sono hasn't left his Suicide Club roots behind him, treating us early on to one especially over-the-top moment where some sausage snipping results in a full-on crimson geyser. The scene is as funny as it is repellent, and along with the kung-fu peek-a-panty, lesbian kisses and earnest emotions could easily sum up the film's appeal. This is a gleefully irreverent and entertainingly sacrilegious film, with violence and implied sexual content. And yet it's about the extremes a person will go to in order to express their love. In many ways, Love Exposure is why many of us go to the movies: for the unattainable emotional high. The sick, vulgar stuff has an undeniable attraction too. In short, Love Exposure is your film geek wet dream.

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