We’ve reached the end of our month on Sion Sono and to wrap things up we’ve picked quite the heavy film: Guilty of Romance. There’s a lot to unpack with this film, about the role of women in Japanese society and the lengths they will go to break free from said pressures, or in some cases become consumed by them. As we were short a woman on this episode to give some perspective we tried to instead focus on the things we learned from the film and the themes that resonated with us versus trying to speak to Japanese culture and how it treats women.
Due to some version confusion we had to push our review of Guilty of Romance to next week. In its place we’re going to talk about the movie that put Sion Sono on the map for western audiences: Suicide Club. It’s difficult to summarize the movie and do the horrific imagery and biting commentary justice, but we do our best. Just the opening few minutes of the movie should clue you in on the doozy of a film you’re about to experience.
Our Sion Sono retrospective continues with the rap opera Tokyo Tribe, a doozy of a film that starts out rough and then ends with one hell of a punchline. It features a cast of fascinating and colorful characters that sing their way through bouts of ultra-violence. It features perhaps one of the most fun and over-the-top villains we’ve seen yet on this podcast. And if that weren’t enough, it features the daughter of a satanic high priest kicking all kinds of ass with her banana-eating kid sidekick. Have we convinced you to watch the film yet?
We’re back from our break and we thought it would be a great idea to kick things off with a retrospective on director Sion Sono. You might remember him from our episode on Why Don’t You Play In Hell. Yeah, that guy. Anyway, we’re starting with his 2015 film Tag, featuring perhaps one of the most surprising openings to be put to film. Seriously, you might want to be sitting down for this one.
Howdy folks, Jonathan here with a little update. To give Bryan and Chewie a little more time off I extended the hiatus by a week and went into our back catalog to share one of my favorite episodes of the podcast: Why Don’t You Play In Hell by Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono. On recommendation by Bryan and Chewie and for the podcast I gave this film a shot and it won me over completely with it’s black comedy and excessive violence. I hope you check it out!
This week we’re joined by special guest Graham Skipper (Beyond the Gates, Almost Human) to talk about the wonderful and violent Sion Sono film WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL. It’s quite the cinematic experience and one we truly think you should see right now. Yes, right now. GO! Watch it if you haven’t seen it and then come back and listen to us gnash our teeth in glee at this film about filmmaking…with Yakuza.