Tokyo Vampire Hotel
The centuries-long rivalry of the ancient vampire clans set between the continents. Transylvanian dungeons turn out to be connected to the center of Tokyo, where beautifully-dressed people enjoy a surprise party in an exclusive hotel. Little do they know that the hosts have a number of gory attractions in store. Meanwhile, a regular Japanese teenager, Manami (Ami Tomite, known from "Antiporno"), starts discovering her unusual talents.
Sion Sono, the film anarchist, whose retrospective was a part of last year’s festival program, comes back in a completely different style. The spring of 2017 marked the premiere of a 9-episode series the director created for Amazon Prime Japan. In its special, festival version, the action is swift – the audiences can expect grasping editing, gallons of fake blood, shots, glitter, and kaleidoscopic images. The director bends the vampire genre, fairly unpopular in Japan, to suit his own aesthetics, using generous amounts of kitsch, dark erotics, and grotesque humor. But it is not all about the crazy entertainment – the film is also a satire on the modern consumer culture. For Polish audiences, the cherry on this bloody cake is a familiar, Eastern-European note (the film was partly shot in Romania), with the charismatic Megumi Kagurazaki ("Guilty of Romance", "Whispering Star") in the role of Elizabeth Báthory.
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 his non-compromising film language. The "Sion Sono: Portrait" retrospective was held at the 10th Five Flavours FF.
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 Cold Fish / Tsumetai nettaigyo / Cold Fish
2011 Miłosne piekło / Koi no tsumi / Guilty of Romance
2013 Zabawmy się w piekle / Jigoku de naze warui / Why Don't You Play in Hell
2015 Love & Peace
2015 Gwiazda szeptów / Hiso hiso boshi / The Whispering Star
2016 Antyporno / Anchi poruno / Antiporno