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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Tokyo Vampire Hotel

Japan 2017, 142’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Sion Sono
screenplay: Sion Sono
cinematography: Tomoaki Iwakura, Ito Maki
editing: Junichi Ito, Emi Onodera, Yoshiki Ushiroda
cast: Yumi Adachi, Ami Tomite, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kaho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Akihiro Kitamura, Shoko Nakagawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Nana Mori
producer: Tomoo Fukatsu, Naoko Komuro
production: Amazon Prime, Nikkatsu
language: Japanese, Romanian
colouration: colour

Film description

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.

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 his non-compromising film language. The "Sion Sono: Portrait" retrospective was held at the 10th Five Flavours FF. 

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 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 

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