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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)
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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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Sion Sono

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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
Gaku Sano Gaku Sano
Takato Yonemoto ... Goto
Nana Mizoguchi Nana Mizoguchi
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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 Titanic II (2010) See more »

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Sono's 'Greatest Hits' compilation/medley for the Netflix-generation wider audience.
18 October 2019 | by shanbhattacharya_See all my reviews

This film is like a sort of Sion Sono starter pack for a generation that hasn't grown up watching his output from 2000-2015. Its characters, situations, premises, visual motifs, even locations are all taken from films (some, not all - since Sono has also made films outside his regular violent, emotive, hyperactive, bat-crazy signature fares) from this era: Noriko's Dinner Table, Strange Circus, Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Guilty of Romance and Why Dont You Play in Hell to be precise. These six films, along with minor references to his other films, form of the universe of "The Forest of Love". Its characters fluidly pass from one film to the other. And together they establish the ethos that is a standard Sono film. In the hands of any other director this idea would appear too self-indulgent to execute. But Sono introduces a self-conscious metaphysical angle that tries to posit all the violence and insanity and torture as services to cinema, or his kind of cinema. "Jinsei wa Eiga!"- its characters proclaim not-so-subtly.

With a premise that is interesting enough to get his fans and newer audience hooked right from the start (no matter what follows afterwards), this film has a lot of memorable moments to offer. But sadly, for a fan, there's nothing essentially new. We have all seen this before, done better. The six films I mentioned - each of them are brilliant in their own ways because they exhaust their respective ideas both philosophically and in craft. In comparison, this appears little more than a list of checked boxes, like an already-established band playing their greatest hits on an overseas stage, rather than a new album.

6.5/10


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