2001-2010AsianDramaJapanQueer Cinema(s)Shion Sono

Shion Sono – Ai no mukidashi AKA Love Exposure (2008)


Plot:Yu is a high school boy who lives with his father who became a priest after Yu’s mother died. But one day, a woman, Kaori, falls for Yu’s father although she knows that he is a priest. Yu is completely against this because he does not like Kaori’s eccentric presence intruding into the father and son’s peaceful life, and even more because she brings with her Yoko, the girl he fell in love with at first sight. He does not want the girl of his dreams to become a step-sister! One day, religious cult member Koike finds this so-called family an interesting group and kidnaps three of its members, leaving Yu behind on purpose hoping he will join the cult soon. He will not fall for Koike’s tricks, but instead will do anything to save the love of his life, Yoko, from this cult.

68th Venice Film Festival – Marcello Mastroianni Award
Agnes B. Award (Audience) – 2008 (9th) TOKYO FILMeX – November 22nd-30th
Audience Award – 2009 (11th) Barcelona Asian Film Festival – April 30th-May 10th
2009 Grand Jury Prize – 2009 (8th) New York Asian Film Festival – June 19th-July 5th
Jury Special Prize – 2009 (13th) Fantasia Film Festival – July 9th-29th
Best Female Performance – Hikari Mitsushima – 2009 (13th) Fantasia Film Festival – July 9th-29th
Best Asian Film (Gold) – 2009 (13th) Fantasia Film Festival – July 9th-29th
Most Innovative Film (Gold) – 2009 (13th) Fantasia Film Festival – July 9th-29th
Netpac Award (Special Mention) Sakura Ando & Hikari Mitsushima – 2009 (13th) Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival – July 16th-26th
Best New Artist (Hikari Mitsushima) – 2009 (34th) Hochi Film Awards – November 2009



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