films seen
34
average score
3.25*
nationality
Japan - 58 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

The Whispering Star poster

The Whispering Star

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

It's original, quirky, stylish and otherworldly, which is quite a feat considering Sono's track record. A tough cookie on the outside, but incredibly rich in taste and texture on the inside.

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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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Antiporno

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Anchiporuno
Specifics: Japan [2016] - 76 mins
Genre: Drama, Mystery
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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 know 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 know 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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The Forest of Love

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Ai-naki Mori de Sakebe
Specifics: Japan [2019] - 151 mins
Genre: Thriller, Crime
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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.

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Cold Fish

by Sion Sono
Also know 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 know 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.

The good stuff

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Love/Exposure

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Ai no Mukidashi
Specifics: Japan [2008] - 237 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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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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Guilty of Romance

by Sion Sono
Also know 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.

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Exte: Hair Extensions

by Sion Sono
Also know 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

by Sion Sono
Also know 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.

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Shinjuku Swan II

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

Solid pieces

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Love & Peace

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Rabu & Pîsu
Specifics: Japan [2015] - 117 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Musical
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3.5
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The Virgin Psychics

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Eiga: Minna! Esupâ Da Yo!
Specifics: Japan [2015] - 114 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
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3.5
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The Land of Hope

by Sion Sono
Also know 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 know as: Chanto Tsutaeru
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 109 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5
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Hazard

by Sion Sono
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 103 mins
Genre: Drama, Crime
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3.5
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Into a Dream

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Yume no Naka E
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 103 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.5
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The Real Body

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

The inoffensive

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Balloon Club, Afterwards

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

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

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

Worthy but flawed

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Make the Last Wish

by Sion Sono
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 109 mins
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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2.5

A strange mix of supernatural, thriller and documentary elements. Sono crashes an Avril Lavigne fan contest and weaves his own story through it. The result is a little messy and the film doesn't feel very polished, but it's an intriguing mess that did keep me engaged from start to finish. Far from Sono's best, but decent filler nonetheless.

Dubious filler

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Bad Film

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

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Keiko Desu Kedo
Specifics: Japan [1997] - 61 mins
Genre: Drama
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2.0
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I Am Sono Sion!

by Sion Sono
Also know as: Ore Wa Sono Sion Da!
Specifics: Japan [1985] - 35 mins
Genre: Documentary
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2.0

A very early documentary from Sion Sono, where he turns the camera on himself. Don't expect to be informed though, it's really just Sono going crazy with a camera and experimenting away. It's as crazy as you'd expect an early Sono to be, though you have to wonder whether this was ever meant to be released.

Image and sound quality are absolutely terrible. The grainy cinematography, fuzzy image quality and haphazard camera work are no doubt due to the poor equipment and Sono's own inexperience, some will consider it part of the charm, but I'm not a big fan. It just comes off as very amateurish.

Still, Sono's potential is already clearly visible. There are some strange stop motion bits, exaggerated sound, a lot of random weirdness and Sono himself clowning around. It's an interesting film for fans of the man's work, or people who love crazy and experimental documentaries, just don't expect anything polished.

Plain forgettable

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Bicycle Sighs

by Sion Sono
Also know 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
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Decisive Match! Girls Dorm against Boys Dorm

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

Irritation overload

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Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Urns with the Female Body

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