Sono Shion's films, ranked

by 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

59 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Shirô Namiki

Votes: 3,651

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

78 Metascore

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

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô, Yutaka Shimizu

Votes: 9,470

So far, I'd call this Sono's masterpiece

3. Jigoku de naze warui (2013)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Comedy

68 Metascore

A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai

Votes: 3,787

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 16,857

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Akira, Eiji Okuda, Ayumi Itô, Keiko Takahashi

Votes: 354

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Motoki Fukami, Yukie Kawamura, Tomoharu Hasegawa, Hiromi Nagasaku

Votes: 68

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,399

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

66 Metascore

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 2,849

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.

Directors: Sion Sono, Joe DiGiorgi, Tony Salerno | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi, Eri Machimoto

Votes: 2,424

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shinichirô Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Araki, Kazushi Fueki, Ginji

Votes: 130

A lo-fi party with a very good core performance

12. Koi no tsumi (2011)

144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

56 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima

Votes: 3,641

Sono's just pushing buttons here.

13. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 9,187

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Star: Keiko Suzuki

Votes: 175

I am Keiko

15. Tokyo Tribe (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Musical

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Shunsuke Daitô

Votes: 2,610

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 »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 899

Very irritating.

17. Hazard (2005)

103 min | Crime, Drama

Faced by a society of criminals, these three youths avenge their rights.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Jai West, Motoki Fukami, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 563

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.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Tetsushi Tanaka, Yûna Natsuo, Jun Murakami, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 219

Yelling makes the man. What nonsense. An irritating film experience.

19. Anchiporuno (2016)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Fujiko, Sayaka Kotani

Votes: 1,468



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