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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 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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Details

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:

Omega Project See more »
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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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Connections

Followed by Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme of Santa Marta
Written by Tomohide Harada
Performed by Tomohide Harada
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Breathtakingly Ambitious Epic of a Film
5 July 2009 | by cxc232See all my reviews

Summing up Sono's Love Exposure is a task I still do not think I am ready for even after two days of soaking it in after my viewing at NYAFF. Some of the many ideas the film dealt with in the 4 hour runtime included commentary on religion, cultism, perversion, growing up and coming of age, love, and life. The film tackles many of these heavy hitting themes and ideas with a sense of humor found very little in much of the mainstream fluff produced today. The balance of subtle often crude humor and darker, heavier, more dramatic aspects of the story really works well. Sono creates a product that can appeal to a wider base of people. There is something in this film for everyone from the people who enjoy the latest Will Ferrel production to the admirers of Bergman. With a rowdy packed house at the NY premiere at the festival the first two and a half hours are a riot and breeze by. There are points in the latter portion which start to drag a bit but never could I say I was bored with the film. The movie was well made with good cinematography, decent acting, and a great script with fully fleshed out characters. The director is able to create an effective commentary on religion, loneliness, Japanese society all the while mixing in a lot of body humor, up-skirt shots, and a few lesbian kissing scenes for good measure. Overall highly recommended, ignore the 4 hour runtime because it is the fastest 4 hour movie you will see. Ultimately a funny, sad, uplifting, and depressing movie all at the same time.


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