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Love Exposure (2008)

Ai no mukidashi (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 31 January 2009 (Japan)
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahiro Nishijima ...
Hikari Mitsushima ...
Yôko
Sakura Andô ...
Koike
Yutaka Shimizu ...
Yûji
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Kaori
Hiroyuki Onoue ...
Takahiro
Atsuro 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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The title card is shown 58 minutes into the film. See more »

Goofs

When Yu takes the elevator with the cult leader, they are going to the sixth floor, but it's just the 8th floor button that we see lightened. See more »

Quotes

Koike: Give it to me.
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Followed by Guilty of Romance (2011) See more »

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Stunning and incredible artwork
18 October 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Even after the light on I cannot utter a single word in the theatre. I clutched my heart and it beat incredibly fast. There is no point one should criticize an artwork like Love Exposure, with all elements a good film should consist of. Perfect plot, stunning music, touching ending. I cannot help crying on the last scene. This is just a pure love movie. So true. A romance in a crazy and nonsense world. Sion Sono is simply a genius. He shows us how a movie can take audiences to an amazing journey. I am not going to write a formal review on the movie. There is no way I can sum up the movie with words but never can I say one day I would forget the movie by a bit. This is one of the best movies I've ever watched, if not the best. Go watch it! You will be moved, definitely.


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