films seen
32
average score
3.31*
nationality
Japan - 57 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the thriving creative voices of modern Japanese cinema. Sono's films are loud, in your face and unpredictable. Entertaining, but not without depth and vision, always challenging the status quo. It's people like Sono who keep cinema interesting.

Rare treats

Tokyo Tribe poster

Tokyo Tribe

by Sion Sono
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 116 mins
Genre
Action, Music
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4.5

That said, it didn't make the film any less enjoyable, on the contrary even. Tokyo Tribe is a killer ride from beginning to end. It's brutal, outrageous, funny, weird and it has a terrific drive.

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The Whispering Star

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Hiso Hiso Boshi
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 100 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Drama
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4.5

It's original, quirky, stylish and otherworldly. A tough cookie on the outside, but incredibly rich in taste and texture on the inside.

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Antiporno

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Anchiporuno
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 76 mins
Genre
Mystery, Erotica
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4.5

Antiporno is a great example of why Japan's pinku films enjoy such a peculiar status among film fans and why it's been such a fertile breeding ground for young, talented directors.

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Tag

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Riaru Onigokko
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 85 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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4.5

Whatever the case though, Tag is a unique film. It kept me guessing the entire way through, there are some very memorable scenes and the acting is spot on.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? poster

Why Don't You Play in Hell?

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Jigoku de Naze Warui
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 126 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.5

Watching Why Don't You Play In Hell? will tell you a few things about Sono's dreams and aspirations as a young director.

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Cold Fish

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Tsumetai Nettaigyo
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 144 mins
Genre
Thriller
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4.5

Cold Fish is a film that will sit well with those who appreciate awkward, cruel and excessive Japanese cinema.

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Strange Circus

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Kimyo na Sakasu
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 108 mins
Genre
Horror
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4.5

Strange Circus is a stellar film that still counts as one of Sono's absolute best efforts to date. The subject matter is rather risqué though and Sono's approach is far from subtle.

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Himizu

by Sion Sono
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 129 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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4.5

The first fifteen minutes where a little though, but once Sumida starts his descent into madness the film never back down.

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The Forest of Love

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Ai-naki Mori de Sakebe
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 151 mins
Genre
Crime, Horror
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4.5

The Forest of Love is a film about a loose canon in a world gone mad. As things start to spiral out of control, Sono rids himself of every last bit of restraint and delivers a film full of raw energy and excess, raging towards a completely warped and grueling finale. Not for the faint of heart, but Sono fans are sure to have a blast with this one.

The good stuff

Love/Exposure poster

Love/Exposure

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Ai no Mukidashi
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 237 mins
Genre
Drama, Comedy
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4.0

Don't let that hold you back though. Love Exposure is a great experience, offering lots of weirdness, fun and shock while never boring its audience.

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Exte: Hair Extensions

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Ekusute
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 108 mins
Genre
Horror
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4.0

Exte: Hair Extensions might feel like his most commercial film to date, but that is mostly a disguise. It's a fun, crazy and surprisingly eerie film.

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Shinjuku Swan II

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Shinjuku Suwan II
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 133 mins
Genre
Crime, Action
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4.0

A fine sequel to the first film, that succeeds in offering more of the same, only in a slightly different way. Tadanobu Asano is a real asset, Sono's talent is unmistakable and while a bit long, the film never drags or gets boring. If you liked the first film, this is an easy recommend, just make sure to watch that one first.

Shinjuku Swan poster

Shinjuku Swan

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Shinjuku Suwan
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 139 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0

What Shinjuku Swan may lack in originality, it makes up for in rock-solid execution.

Guilty of Romance poster

Guilty of Romance

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Koi no Tsumi
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 144 mins
Genre
Thriller
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4.0

Guilty of Romance may not be Sono's brightest, most ambitious or most accomplished work, but it's a more than solid addition to Sono's already strong oeuvre.

Solid pieces

The Virgin Psychics poster

The Virgin Psychics

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Eiga: Minna! Esupâ Da Yo!
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 114 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Mystery
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3.5
Love & Peace poster

Love & Peace

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Rabu & Pîsu
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 117 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
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3.5
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The Land of Hope

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Kibô no Kuni
Specifics
Japan, Taiwan [2012] - 133 mins
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi
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3.5
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Be Sure to Share

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Chanto Tsutaeru
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 109 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Into a Dream poster

Into a Dream

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Yume no Naka E
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 103 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.5
Hazard poster

Hazard

by Sion Sono
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 103 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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3.5
The Real Body poster

The Real Body

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Utsushimi
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 110 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.5

The inoffensive

Balloon Club, Afterwards poster

Balloon Club, Afterwards

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Kikyû Kurabu, Sonogo
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 93 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
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Noriko's Dinner Table

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Noriko no Shokutaku
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 159 mins
Genre
Drama, Horror
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3.0
Suicide Circle poster

Suicide Circle

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Jisatsu Sâkuru
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 99 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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3.0
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The Room

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Heya
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 92 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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3.0

Dubious filler

Bad Film poster

Bad Film

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Warui Eiga
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 161 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime
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2.0
I Am Keiko poster

I Am Keiko

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Keiko Desu Kedo
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 61 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0

Plain forgettable

Bicycle Sighs poster

Bicycle Sighs

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Jitensha Toiki
Specifics
Japan [1990] - 93 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5

Big nopes

Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

by Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German, Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia, Kim Ki-duk, Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
USA [2013] - 120 mins
Genre
Documentary
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1.0
Decisive Match! Girls Dorm against Boys Dorm poster

Decisive Match! Girls Dorm against Boys Dorm

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Kessen! Joshiryou tai Danshiryou
Specifics
Japan [1988] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.0
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A Man's Flower Road

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Otoko no Hanamichi
Specifics
Japan [1986] - 110 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.0

Irritation overload

Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Urns with the Female Body poster

Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Urns with the Female Body

by Sion Sono
Also known as
Seigi no Tatsujin - Nyotai Tsubo Saguri
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 59 mins
Genre
Comedy
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