Sion Sono's unforgettable, epic saga of sin and redemption fuses the fortunes of three flawed protagonists - a tortured Catholic teen who takes to upskirt photography, a violently anti-men schoolgirl, and the devious cult leader who wants to ensnare them both. As each of their perverse paths intertwine, Sono unravels a crazed and kinetic vision of evolving morality in millennial Japan.
The only four-hour film you're likely to see that never lets up for a single second, Love Exposure may be daunting in length but is also a riotously entertaining and rewarding experience. Drawing on Japan's cult film heritage from Meiko Kaji to Takashi Miike, Sono presents a kaleidoscopic roller-coaster ride that encapsulates all of the filmmaker's vivacious excesses in a single film.
Comedy 2015 105 mins Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.
Comedy 1932 86 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s long-term collaborator Kogo Noda scripts a subtle shift from light to dark as Hirano’s carefree college life is marred by tragedy.
Comedy 1937 71 mins Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu's comic pre-war feature about a professor who falls into the clutches of his audacious niece.
Comedy 1930 64 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Takahashi finds a creative way to avoid doing his revision in Ozu's roguish comedy, reminiscent of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman.
Comedy 1931 73 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Graduate Okajima finds his old-fashioned beard makes life difficult in Ozu's comedy exploring the tension between tradition and modernity.
Comedy 1929 103 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s earliest surviving film follows students Watanabe and Yamamoto as they unknowingly compete for the same girl.
Horror 1999 115 mins Director: Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike burst to international prominence with this deeply disturbing tale of a deadly young woman who turns the tables on her middle-aged suitor.
Fantasy 1988 67 mins Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto's wild cyberpunk tale of a businessman's agonising transformation into a walking scrap heap is a jaggedly dehumanised vision of the future.
Comedy 2001 113 mins Director: Takashi Miike
The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead in Takashi Miike's deranged mix of grotesque stop-motion animation, surreal musical numbers, and zombie melodrama.
Horror 1977 88 mins Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi’s deranged fairy tale House is one of Japanese cinema’s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature.
Crime 1972 87 mins Director: Shunya Ito
The iconic Meiko Kaji's career-defining turn as 'Scorpion', an unjustly imprisoned young woman who must escape to exact revenge upon the man who betrayed her.
Drama 1970 81 mins Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Japanese cinema's kick-ass heroine Meiko Kaji made her name as leader of a ruthless girl gang - which takes on a crime syndicate - in Yasuharu Hasebe's riotous rebel biker flick.
Featuring Hikari Mitsushima
Comedy 2010 112 mins Director: Yuya Ishii
Sawako tries to save her father's ailing clam-packing business, but it's an uphill struggle, in Yuya Ishii's joyous, nuanced, comic drama.
Directed by Sion Sono
Action and Adventure 2014 116 mins Director: Sion Sono
Sion Sono's unique brand of subversive cinema explodes onscreen once again with this ingenious hybrid of Yakuza gang action and hip-hop musical.
Anthology 2020 64 mins Director: VARIOUS
An exciting collection of new shorts showcasing the best in Black British filmmaking, selected by S.O.U.L Fest.
Gangster 1995 102 mins Director: Takashi Miike
Amid a war between Taiwanese Triads and Japanese Yakuza, a mixed-race cop hunts a psychotic criminal who traffics in children's organs.
Science Fiction 2000 114 mins Director: Kenji Fukasaku
Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's magnificently twisted shocker in which tearaway teens are given three days to kill or be killed.
Horror 1997 96 mins Director: Hideo Nakata
A journalist sets out to uncover in urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, in Hideo Nakata's chilling and highly influential tale of technological terror.
War 1960 100 mins Director: Vittorio De Sica
Sophia Loren won an Oscar® for her performance as a mother trying to protect her daughter in wartime Italy, in Vittorio De Sica's neorealist classic.
War 1953 91 mins Director: Josef von Sternberg
Legendary director Josef von Sternberg brings to life this vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption, telling the story of twelve Japanese WWII seamen stranded on a forgotten island for seven years.