I'm Sion Sono
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Awarded at the independent film festival Pia, a blatantly egocentric self-portrait of a young artist. The 22-year old Sono, who later became one of the most non-compromizing and influential Japanese directors, in this first film shown to the wider audience, creates his poetic self-portrait. The swaggering words spoken straight to the camera are intertwined with the scenes of racing around the city and unsuccessful attempts of finding a date, as well as with conceptual stagings, establishing a metaphorical context.
As a young poet and performer, Sono grabbed the camera when printed words were no longer enough - the elegant letters did not convey the overwhelming emotions embodied in the expressive drawing of signs. He started writing his poems on walls and filming the whole process. This intersection of calligraphy and performance was the begging of his film work which, up till today, shows great sensibility to form, and wild energy put into the creative process. His debut film shows both this passion and the ability to combine seemingly incongruent conventions – a spontaneous memoir, animated experiments, and subtle references to the Japanese New Wave.
The film comes from the Pia FF archive. It was restored (but with respect to the roughness of the original 8mm print) and digitized as part of the project of promoting independent Japanese cinema of the 1970s and 1980s.
Born in 1961. Poet, performer, filmmaker, painter, musician. One of the most influential among independent Japanese filmmakers, regularly invited to international festivals, renown for his radical artistic vision, the ability to combine shocking form with apt social critique, and a non-compromising film language.
1985 Jestem Sion Sono! / Ore wa Sono Sion da!! / I Am Sion Sono!
2001 Jisatsu sakuru / Suicide Club
2008 Miłość obnażona / Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure
2010 Tsumetai nettaigyo / Cold Fish
2013 Zabawmy się w piekle / Jigoku de naze warui / Why Don't You Play in Hell
2014 Tokyo Toraibu / Tokyo Tribe
2015 Love & Peace
2015 Shinjuku suwan / Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru
2015 Riaru onigokko / Tag
2015 Gwiazda szeptów / Hiso hiso boshi / The Whispering Star