6.10-11.11 Sion Sono in Person @ Cinefamily

Cinefamily / Giant Robot / Bloody-Disgusting presents
THURSDAY JUNE 10, 2011 + FRIDAY JUNE 11, 2011
611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90036  |  323.655.2510



JUNE 10, 2011 8PM

Right from its sucker-punch opening with its jagged hand written titles and razor editing, Sion Sono’s Cold Fish grabs you by the hair and drags you through an intense narrative of betrayal, infidelity and murder. Ostensibly inspired by the story of a real-life Japanese serial killer (who raised dogs, rather than fish), Cold Fish has all of Sono’s trademark brilliance and nihilism in its tale of sad-sack Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who’s stuck with a failing fish store and a family who hates him. When Shamoto meets the the charismatic and rich Murata, owner of a popular high-end fish shop and a hot-red Ferrari (Denden, in one of the greatest serial killer portrayals of the last few decades), his life changes irrevocably. Easily manipulated and coerced into progressively worse situations, it’s not long before Shamoto realizes that not only has Murata car-jacked his life, but he’s also shut the windows, locked the doors and is driving them full-speed off of a cliff. Schedule permitting, Sion Sono will join us for a Q&A after the film! Plus, DJ Dan Shapiro will be here to spin tunes before and after the film!

Dir. Sion Sono, 2010, 144 min.

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JUNE 10, 2011 11:59PM

Sion Sono takes body horror to a whole new richly-lathered, sleek and shiny level with Exte (aka Hair Extensions), his unique blend of genre fireworks, trippy setpieces, left-field nutjob characters and intense melodrama. Kill Bill/Battle Royale star Chiaki Kuriyama plays an apprentice hairdresser who has to contend with being suddenly saddled with her loser half-sister’s young daughter, and with running afoul of a whacked-out morgue attendant who’s harvesting endless reams of freshly-grown demon hair from a magical corpse! Sono deftly walks the tightrope between hard-hitting, truly sad family histrionics and a giddy Peter Jackson-esque comedic horror tone, giving us a bounty of indelible and seriously squirmy moments wrapped within one of his trademark unpredictable packages. Schedule permitting, Sion Sono will be here to introduce the film!

Dir. Sion Sono, 2007, digital presentation, 108 min.

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JUNE 11, 2011 2:30PM

“It’s too bad words like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘epic’ have been so overused by excitable film critics, because Sion Sono’s Love Exposure is an actual epic masterpiece that is going to dominate the filmscape for decades.” – New York Asian Film Festival

“Japan’s eroto-theosophical answer to the allegorical journeys of Alejandro Jodorowsky” — Film Four

Ask yourself this question: when was the last time a movie really mattered to you, and shattered your world? Every so often, a film comes screaming out of the ether that magically reveals a larger truth about this thing we stumble through called life, and the latest cinematic salve is the unforgettable, uncategorizable, unmissable Love Exposure, the brand-new behemoth from Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Strange Circus) that gleefully tackles life’s biggest issues: love, death, sex, revenge, religion and up-skirt panty photography. Winner of festival awards across the globe, and breaker of art house attendance records in Japan, Love Exposure has only been seen in the U.S. at a handful of sell-out screenings, with its initially daunting 237 minutes leaving audiences desperate for another installment. Purportedly based on the life of one Sono’s friends, the film tells the epic story of Yu, a teenager who loses his Catholic faith when his mother dies and his bible-thumping priest father demands that the innocent boy confess to sins that he hasn’t committed. As he manufactures sins to keep his father pleased, Yu trains in the ‘art’ of panchira (clandestine panty snapshots!), and all bets are off when he crosses paths with Yoko, the woman of his dreams (his “Virgin Mary”), at a streetfight. As he pursues his heart, Yu finds himself tripped up by apocalyptic religious cults, Catholic guilt and the call of pornography — and must use his love to fight his way out of darkness. The Cinefamily is proud to present one of the top Japanese films of the few years — if not the last decade! Schedule permitting, Sion Sono will be here for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Sion Sono, 2008, HDCAM, 237 min.

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JUNE 11, 2011 8PM

Sion Sono’s classic 2001 J-Horror freak-out Suicide Club is best remembered for showing — in Kool-Aid red — exactly what fifty-four Japanese school girls would look like if they all jumped at once in front of an express train. In typical unpredictable Sono fashion, 2005’s Noriko’s Dinner Table is less of a Suicide Club sequel, in favor of a teen drama set in the same insane dysfunctional universe, and with a much more somber and pensive tone. The film focuses on teen sisters Noriko and Yuka, and their fervent desire to escape from their overprotective father. Symbolized by a loose thread that needs to be yanked free, Noriko finds her escape hatch through an Internet chat room, which leads to a new life and identity with the mysterious Kumiko and her eerie “rent-a-family” business — in which the three girls create a constantly morphing family unit, ready to role play to their customer’s needs. A spiritual and stylistic cousin of Sono’s masterpiece Love Exposure, Noriko’s Dinner Table states in emo tones that life’s a bitch, but yes, you can choose your family. Schedule permitting, Sion Sono will be here to introduce the screening!

Dir. Sion Sono, 2005, 159 min.

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