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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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