Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

Sion Sono: Portrait

Antiporno

Anchi poruno
Japan 2016, 78’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Sion Sono
screenplay: Sion Sono
cinematography: Maki Ito
editing: Junichi Ito
music: Susumu Akizuki
cast: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Fujiko, Sayaka Kotani, Tomo Uchino, Hirari Ikeda, Ami, Saki
producer: Naoko Komuro, Masahiko Takahashi
production: Django Film, Nikkatsu
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Kyoko - actress, model, star, looks a little bored closed in her fantastically colorful apartment. She plays with her phone and puts on a series of new, skimp outfits. She delivers passionate monologues, insults her assistant and subjects her to all sorts of humiliations. Is this the reality or is she just practicing for a role? Who is harassing whom, who is spying on whom? And where did the erotic film screened on the wall come from?

Sono mixes the orders of reality and misleads the viewers, inviting them for a perverse game with, seemingly predictable, generic form. The colorful, visually polished spectacle hides many a surprise (such as references to other works of the director, including his paintings, but also to one of his earlier films "I am Keiko," in which he used similar aesthetic solutions). The outcome is closer to David Lynch's films than to erotic cinema, and the narrations designed by Sono lead the audience in unexpected directions.

The film was made as a part of the project reactivating the cult Nikkatsu cycle - a popular series from the 70s and 80s, "Roman porno," presenting erotic films made by the most avaunt-guard artists of the time. Made to keep the studio going during an attendance crisis, it became a stepping stone for many artists for whom the doors of big producers were closed, as well as a cultural phenomenon, which influenced many later artists. The approaching 45th anniversary of the series, encouraged the studio to invite Sion Sono, Hideo Nakata, Akihiko Shiota, Kazuya Shiraishi and Isao Yukisada to work with them. Nikkatsu wants to return to high-quality erotics – at a time when sex is an easily accessible commodity, the producers want to aim high and find a way to show sexuality in an ambitious, extravagant way.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Sion Sono

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.

Selected filmography:

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

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