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Ai no mukidashi (2008)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 31 January 2009 (Japan)
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director:

Sion Sono

Writers:

Sion Sono (screenplay), Sion Sono (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahiro Nishijima Takahiro Nishijima ...
Hikari Mitsushima ... Yôko
Sakura Andô ... Koike
Yutaka Shimizu Yutaka Shimizu ... Yûji
Makiko Watanabe ... Kaori
Hiroyuki Onoue Hiroyuki Onoue ... Takahiro
Atsuro Watabe Atsuro Watabe ... Tetsu
Tasuku Nagaoka ... Senpai
Sô Hirosawa Sô Hirosawa ... Kumi
Yûko Genkaku Yûko Genkaku ... Keiko
Mami Nakamura Mami Nakamura ... Yû no Haha
Arata Yamanaka Arata Yamanaka ... Roido no Deshi A
Junya Iwamoto Junya Iwamoto ... Roido no Deshi B
Motoki Ochiai Motoki Ochiai ... Koike no Sukina Otoko
Sango Sango ... DJ
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Exposure See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended "THE TV-SHOW")

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This movie received major influence from Seijun Suziki "Fighting Elegy". Both stories deal with catholic backgrounds, friends commending him for breaking school rules, freedom with 'sinning', falling in love with girl he shares house with, seeing girl as his Virgin Mary, and his girl leaving him to join a convent. See more »

Goofs

When Yu takes the elevator with the cult leader, they are going to the sixth floor, but it's just the 8th floor button that we see lightened. See more »

Quotes

Koike: Give it to me.
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Sion Sono Is Crazy (Thankfully)
25 November 2017 | by cmjuhsinSee all my reviews

What can I add that many have not already about Japanese director Sion Sono? He makes art films full of violence, nudity and life. The typical art film could be boring or pretentious, but Sono never ever bores the audience and that assertion goes doubly for the fact that this film is four hours long.

It may be no coincidence that the Japanese title for Love Exposure begins with 'Ai No...' which is similar to the original title for In The Realm Of Senses (Ai No Korida), the other infamous Japanese anti-mainstream movie. Like that film, Love Exposure is entertaining, but clearly pushing boundaries. Here the subtext is enjoying the beauty of women upskirt, but indeed the director sets upon religion, etiquette, societal norms and the inherent hatred and shame assigned to what is most natural. To be frank, however, Christians would not take pleasure in the imagery or the mockery (never mind the sexuality).

For my money, it is splendid that voices outside the mainstream can still find some breathing room (sorry, mom).


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