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I'm Sion Sono

Ore wa Sono Sion da!!
Japan 1985, 37’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Sion Sono
screenplay: Sion Sono
cinematography: Sion Sono, Ryosuke Yamamichi
cast: Sion Sono
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Pia Film Festival 1986 - Grand Prix

Film description

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.

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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