2019   Japan The Forest of Love
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Director:Sion Sono
Writer:Sion Sono
IMDb Rating:6.8 (157 votes)
Duration:151 min
Sion Sono  ...  (Director)
Sion Sono  ...  (Writer)
Kippei Shîna  ...  Joe Murata
Shinnosuke Mitsushima  ...  Shin
Kyoko Hinami  ...  Taeko
Eri Kamataki  ...  Mitsuko
Young Dais  ...  
Natsuki Kawamura  ...  
Yuzuka Nakaya  ...  
Dai Hasegawa  ...  
Chiho Fujii  ...  
Tsukino Yamamoto  ...  
Manaka Kinoshita  ...  
Miyu Kinoshita  ...  
Yuki Nagashima  ...  
Gaku Sano  ...  
Takato Yonemoto  ...  Goto
Kenji Katoh  ...  Composer
Sôhei Tanikawa  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I'm a Sono apologist even though I super hate many of his films--basically the ones where the characters SCREAM all the dialog. This is one of those SCREAMY films but it worked for me this time. It's all so over-the-top. And then there's schoolgirls in their underpants singing and dancing.

Read The Clyde's review for insight into how this is "The cinematic equivalent of a Sono Sion Greatest Hits Album". And also know that Sono whips out films like this--writing, directing, editing--in less time than it takes most filmmakers to come up with the idea for a film.

There's nothing important here. Anybody who tells you there is, is making it up. It has one of Sono's best complete asshole characters to date, so charming it's a wonder to behold--how the actor pulls it off. Sono's excellent taste in music provides the soundtrack, along with an intriguing use of distorted low hum that pushes the action and dialog into the background leaving you with a sense that you just came to consciousness from being knocked out with a baseball bat.

Sono considers himself first and foremost a painter. Second, a poet. He says he's interested in quantity more than quality. He can sleep standing up. He's not in the company of someone like Koreeda who makes 'films'. He's like Johnny Rotten with ten times the energy and output. An eighth grade punk could make the outline of this film but could never achieve the imagery, the audio/visual marriage, or what Sono gets from his actors. He is also a film director whether he likes it or not.

Who cares what the film is about? It's just another Sono exiled sandwich. I liked this one, put it between EXTE and GUILTY OF ROMANCE

Summary: Two women are filmed by a con man and his documentary crew, who uncover dark secrets.

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