Sono Shion's films, rankedby sitenoise | created - 13 May 2011 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
One of my favorite contemporary Japanese directors. He does kids better than adults and women better than men.
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1. Noriko no shokutaku (2005)
Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Horror
A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »
One of my favorite films of all time. This is probably the closest I'll get to calling a film poetry. Sono has a delicate nonchalance to the soundtrack and yet it is vital to the presentation.
2. Ai no mukidashi (2008)
Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.
So far, I'd call this Sono's masterpiece
3. Jigoku de naze warui (2013)
Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Comedy
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.
Votes: 5,881 | Gross: $0.03M
Damn. This film is so much fun it's uncanny. It's almost Love Exposure awesome.
4. Riaru onigokko (2015)
85 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she herself becomes less and less certain of who she is and what kind of a world she lives in.
There will be panties
5. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
Many people miss the humor in this film.
6. Chanto tsutaeru (2009)
109 min | Drama
Shiro is twenty-seven years old and is tormented by his father's terminal cancer diagnosis. He copes by communicating his care and love to his father. We see the father and son relationship... See full summary »
A remarkably normal film for Sono.
7. Kikyû kurabu, sonogo (2006)
93 min | Drama
Mitsuko Murakami puts the passion to balloon in the hot-air balloon Circle "Airheads". The club gathered young people holding a variety of thoughts. But "Airheads" is disbanded not too long... See full summary »
Balloon Club, Afterwards. Hiromi Nagasaku!
8. Kimyô na sâkasu (2005)
108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.
Strange indeed. I'm not sure there's a lot I really like about the film, but there's not much that bothered me, which is where Sono loses me some times.
9. Himizu (2011)
129 min | Crime, Drama
After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.
Sono does kids better than adults, that's why this film is far better than his two efforts previous to it.
10. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror
About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.
Love the third person dialog.
11. Utsushimi (2000)
110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This faux-documentary follows a butoh master, a fashion designer, and a filmmaker racing against time to create art and help a young girl in love.
A lo-fi party with a very good core performance
12. Koi no tsumi (2011)
144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to ... See full summary »
Sono's just pushing buttons here.
13. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)
Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »
Didn't buy the characters in this one.
14. Keiko desu kedo (1997)
61 min | Drama
Keiko Suzuki is a lonely waitress in Tokyo. Her father passes away of cancer and she becomes obsessed with the passage of time. And so, three weeks before her 22nd birthday, she decides to ... See full summary »
I am Keiko
15. Tokyo Tribe (2014)
R | 116 min | Action, Musical
In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.
Too many obnoxious characters.
16. Kibô no kuni (2012)
Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
An earth-quake causes a nuclear crisis in a fictive Japanese prefecture. In wake of the disaster, the members of the Ono family who reside just outside the border of the mandatory ... See full summary »
17. Hazard (2005)
103 min | Crime, Drama
Faced by a society of criminals, these three youths avenge their rights.
Sono is much less interesting when he explores manliness.
18. Yume no naka e (2005)
103 min | Comedy, Drama
Low-profile theater troop actor Mutsugoro Suzuki begins an oneiric journey back to his hometown, marked by his quest to find the one responsible of infecting him with a STD.
Yelling makes the man. What nonsense. An irritating film experience.