Sion Sono‘s work is not for everyone, but it should be. The writer/director explores themes of family, modern social trends and violence better than almost anyone, and with films like Cold Fish, Suicide Club and Noriko’s Dinner Table under his belt, it’s shocking that each new work doesn’t automatically receive the Blu carpet treatment automatically.

Sadly, that’s not the case, but happily, a grand injustice is being rectified.

According to Twitch, Sono’s four-hour-long exploration of young love, cults, faith, family (of course), and upskirt photography is finally coming to Blu-ray in August. Love Exposure focuses on a young man whose father is a priest obsessed with getting his son to repent, but without any real sins, Yu begins sinning just to have something to report back. His main sin is flashing his camera under the skirts of girls in the city, and his misadventure leads to encounters with a young woman stalking him, a strange religion trying to recruit his family, and a girl he falls in love with while in drag (and naturally has to continue pretending to be a woman in order to date).

It sounds confusing, and the length is daunting, but Sono makes everything go down smoothly with bits of strident black humor and an engaging story that flies by. My full review from Fantastic Fest 2009 is here, but suffice it to say that this is excellent news. Just check out the trailer:

 Now Hunter really has no excuse not to see this thing.


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