Guilty of Romance

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
Guilty of romance

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
The concluding part of writer-director Sion Sono’s ‘Hate Trilogy’ (following ‘Love Exposure’ and ‘Cold Fish’) sees the remarkable ‘eroto-philosopher’ on slightly weaker form. Transgressive sex and lurid colours vie with poetry and classical music in the most downbeat tale of would-be feminist liberation imaginable. Kagurazaka Megumi reveals all as the dutiful wife of a ‘pure’ romantic novelist who turns prostitute under the guidance of strange academic/ whore Kazuko (Mizuno Miki), while police detective Kimura (Togashi Makoto) investigates bloody remains, in a seedy flat in the sex district of Shibuya. If this all sounds grisly, rest assured Sono’s film feels closer to the compassionate emotional investigations of Fassbinder than it does to horror. The work of cinematographer Sohei Tangawa achieves moments of heightened melodramatic pathos reminiscent of Harry Kümel at his peak, but expresses a sense of mystery and regret unique to Sono’s morally corrective vision.

By: Wally Hammond



Release details

Release date:
Friday September 30 2011
113 mins

Cast and crew

Shion Sono
Miki Mizuno
Makoto Shinozaki
Megumi Kagurazaka
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