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Love Exposure (2008)
"Ai no mukidashi" (original title)

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Three emotionally abused people from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. Yuu, a Catholic boy searching for true love ends up taking erotic photographs of women ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahiro Nishijima ...
Hikari Mitsushima ...
Yôko
Sakura Andô ...
Koike
Yutaka Shimizu ...
Yûji
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Kaori
Hiroyuki Onoue ...
Takahiro
Atsurô Watabe ...
Tetsu
Tasuku Nagaoka ...
Senpai
Sô Hirosawa ...
Kumi
Yûko Genkaku ...
Keiko
Mami Nakamura ...
Yû no Haha
Arata Yamanaka ...
Roido no Deshi A
Junya Iwamoto ...
Roido no Deshi B
Motoki Ochiai ...
Koike no Sukina Otoko
Sango ...
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Three emotionally abused people from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. Yuu, a Catholic boy searching for true love ends up taking erotic photographs of women in public until he discovers Yoko, whom he sees as his Virgin Mary. Yoko, an antifamily, misandristic girl finds that her foster mother will be marrying Yuu's father. Koike, an "original sinner", coordinates a plan to convert Yuu's family to her cult. Under her careful direction, their lives come crashing together in one fateful street fight. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Tetsu's car numberplate is 12-25, which can be read as the date of Christmas Day. See more »

Goofs

A reflection of the boom mic and camera crew can be seen on the van during the kidnap of Yoko. See more »

Quotes

Koike: Give it to me.
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Kûdô desu
Music by Yura Yura Teikoku
Words by Shintarô Sakamoto
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Profound, Provocative & Pretty Wild
4 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a four hour film from Sion Sono, who has directed "Suicide Club" and "Exte", amongst other films. He certainly is a maverick and this film continues to cement his reputation. The film is about the young Yu, played excellently by Takahiro Nishijima, whose father became a Catholic priest after his mom dies. The story more or less tells his life for one year starting with age 17. He falls in with a ragtag group of petty thieves, thus discovering sin. What we then find out is he is a master of the upskirt camera shot. You watch as he does martial arts moves to get the pictures. This garnered the loudest laughs from the sell out crowd at the Japan Society in New York where I saw the premiere. He then meets the rough around the edges but very pretty Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima) and also the somewhat creepy Sakura Ando, whose character tries to lure Yu and his family (which soon includes Yoko, whose guardian is dating Yu's priest dad) to a religious cult. Yoko means everything to Yu, so he tries to stop this. This film can be vulgar at times (you see copious amounts of upskirt shots) and it also to a point bashes Catholicism, but its also pretty powerful. The movie is not boring, despite its length. Its best watched in a theater, since the reaction from the audience at the premiere I went to enhanced the enjoyment. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because of its sometime vulgarity, but I highly recommend this film. Sion Sono is very impressive and this is a worthy addition to his controversial but always intriguing career.


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