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The Forest of Love (2019)

Ai-naki mori de sakebe (original title)
TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 11 October 2019 (USA)
A small group of student filmmakers and a shy young girl with strict parents are simultaneously manipulated, seduced and abused by an older man. They follow his bidding, even when murder is involved.

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Sion Sono

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kippei Shîna ... Joe Murata
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ... Shin
Kyoko Hinami Kyoko Hinami ... Taeko
Eri Kamataki Eri Kamataki ... Mitsuko
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Natsuki Kawamura Natsuki Kawamura
Yuzuka Nakaya Yuzuka Nakaya
Dai Hasegawa Dai Hasegawa
Chiho Fujii Chiho Fujii
Tsukino Yamamoto Tsukino Yamamoto
Manaka Kinoshita Manaka Kinoshita
Miyu Kinoshita Miyu Kinoshita
Yuki Nagashima
Gaku Sano Gaku Sano
Takato Yonemoto ... Goto
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A small group of student filmmakers and a shy young girl with strict parents are simultaneously manipulated, seduced and abused by an older man. They follow his bidding, even when murder is involved.

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Based on the real life serial killings of Futoshi Matsunaga. See more »

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When Shin is unable to kill Murata and drives away, he is wearing a blue shirt. A few minutes later, after he stops to pick up a young women with car trouble, he gets out of the car wearing a different, blue and white striped shirt. See more »

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References Barbarella (1968) See more »

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It's Sion Sono's World, We're Just Living In It.
6 January 2020 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

Sion Sono is a director whom I respect immensely. Much like Takashi Miike, Sono is incredibly prolific, and his films, even when they aren't great, are always incredibly entertaining. Both Sono and Miike's films run the gamut as far as genre- they flit back and forth easily from mystery/thrillers (Sono- "Suicide Club", Miike- "Ichi the Killer") to sci-fi (Sono- "Tag", Miike- "As the Gods Will") to horror (Sono- "Cold Fish", Miike- "Audition") to comedy (Sono- "Love, Exposure", Miike- "The Happiness of the Katakuris") and every genre in between. While I really enjoy films from both directors, recently, it's been Sono's work that I've been most drawn to. Sono's films are bizarre, violent, and sometimes hilarious dips into cinema, and every time I watch one of his films I honestly can't predict what will happen next.

"The Forest of Love" is based on a (somewhat) true story. I say somewhat because the events that are depicted in this film did happen, but not in the totally bonkers way they are portrayed here. Sono stylizes his violence as much as Tarantino does in "Kill Bill Vol 1", and while there might not as high of a body count, the amount of gore that Sono gleefully throws at the viewer makes it difficult to think of the victims as... well, victims. The way Sono kills people off in this film feels as if it would be far more at home in a Dario Argento giallo film ("Deep Red" or "Tenebre") than it does in a biopic about a cult of personality gone awry. I had to keep reminding myself that these were real people, and some of the events they went through were incredibly disturbing. In a way, it's weird to watch this film when it clearly finds joy in depicting some of the more graphic details of this murder spree. Usually, films that depict horrific events like this do so with a bit of reverence for the victims, and this film is anything but reverent, and that tone takes a bit of getting used to.


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