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Anchiporuno (2016)

Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

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Sion Sono

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Sion Sono (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ami Tomite Ami Tomite ... Kyôko
Mariko Tsutsui ... Noriko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asami
Fujiko Fujiko
Ami Fukuda Ami Fukuda
Honoka Ishibashi Honoka Ishibashi
Yûya Takayama Yûya Takayama
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Young artist Kyoko (Ami Tomite) wreaks havoc on everyone that she encounters, her worst being reserved for simpering older assistant Noriko (Mariko Trutsui), whom she routinely humiliates-or at least that's what seems to be happening, before an abrupt about-face. Outrageous rabble-rouser Sono's contribution to the Roman Porno redux series contains plenty of sex, but is also a fourth-wall breaking, experimental study of feminine agency set against outlandish, eye-popping backdrops. Written by lament

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Freedom? What's that?

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anchi-poruno See more »

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Django Film,Nikkatsu See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Good Theme, Poor Execution
26 June 2018 | by Razvan RogozSee all my reviews

I don't think it is a masterpiece.

Yes, I can understand the theme even if I'm not familiar with Japanese cinematography. There is a lot of symbolism and it acts as an abstract social commentary and I'm sure it resonates a lot better with the repressed Japanese society than it does with me.

However, this doesn't mean it is a good movie. A similar movie that breaks the fourth wall is Dogville. But that movie makes sense. The plot is interesting. There is coherence to it. It hits you hard, emotionally. The final scene feels right even if it is so wrong. It is a masterpiece compared to this.

This movie is a set of almost random scenes that are connected by an overall theme of feminine repression and sexuality and chaos. It's the movie that critics will look at and say "wow, this is so freakin' deep" when as an experiment in cinematography, is fine, but as a movie, fails dramatically.

Sure, you can think I'm a moron and that I don't understand conceptual cinematography and that this movie is not for a caveman like me. But I've seen similar movies and theatre and I don't mind the idea. The idea and concept are goods. The execution itself is flawed. I should have feel shocked or disgusted or thoughtful or anxious at the end and I'm not. I felt bored. I was asking myself "c'mon, when does this end?". The first part was interesting, especially breaking the fourth wall, but overall, I found it a waste of time.


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