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

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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

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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
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 »

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

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Koike: Give it to me.
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References Battle Royale (2000) See more »

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Utsukushii (Album Version)
Music by Yura Yura Teikoku
Words by Shintarô Sakamoto
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Breathtakingly Ambitious Epic of a Film
5 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Summing up Sono's Love Exposure is a task I still do not think I am ready for even after two days of soaking it in after my viewing at NYAFF. Some of the many ideas the film dealt with in the 4 hour runtime included commentary on religion, cultism, perversion, growing up and coming of age, love, and life. The film tackles many of these heavy hitting themes and ideas with a sense of humor found very little in much of the mainstream fluff produced today. The balance of subtle often crude humor and darker, heavier, more dramatic aspects of the story really works well. Sono creates a product that can appeal to a wider base of people. There is something in this film for everyone from the people who enjoy the latest Will Ferrel production to the admirers of Bergman. With a rowdy packed house at the NY premiere at the festival the first two and a half hours are a riot and breeze by. There are points in the latter portion which start to drag a bit but never could I say I was bored with the film. The movie was well made with good cinematography, decent acting, and a great script with fully fleshed out characters. The director is able to create an effective commentary on religion, loneliness, Japanese society all the while mixing in a lot of body humor, up-skirt shots, and a few lesbian kissing scenes for good measure. Overall highly recommended, ignore the 4 hour runtime because it is the fastest 4 hour movie you will see. Ultimately a funny, sad, uplifting, and depressing movie all at the same time.


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