Rare SION SONO Features on One Extended Disc!
UTSUSHIMI [Hollow Body] (2000) (110
directed by Sion Sono
· Moro Akaji
· Keiko Hamaguch
Iida · Sion Sono
I AM SION SONO (1985) (32 MIN)
directed by Sion Sono
Sion Sono ·
Sono made this film after THE
ROOM and a year before his breakout cult hit SUICIDE
CIRCLE. It's a pseudo-documentary that features both Budoh Master
Maro Akaji and world-famous erotic photographer Araki Nobuyoshi (among
others) racing against time to create art and help a school girl get laid.
The film is an absolutely bonkers lampoon of art-house cinema that constantly
segues from one insane moment into another. There are Budoh lessons, the
fever dreams of a fashion designer, behind the scenes footage of Sono
and his parents, photographer Araki painstakingly trying arranging a roomful
of naked girls.
But the real plot deals with a hyperactive schoolgirl who
decides to give her virginity to a young sushi chef even though they don't
know each other. To convince him, she steals the Hachiko
statue from the Shibuya train station and drags it back to the restaurant.
But even though the promise of sex is appealing, the boy is in over his
head. She is an emotional roller coaster and he is overwhelmed by it (see
the pic of the lad and his huge hardon, above right) which leads to a
frantic, gasping conclusion.
film is this package is I AM SION SONO, the director's debut project,
made 15 years prior in 1985. It is a short 32 minute home movie
in which Sono contemplates his life as he approaches his 22nd birthday.
It won the 1986 Grand Prix at the PIA Film Festival, granting him the
necessary funds for filmmaking ventures. Essentially, this is an intensely
personal collage with three sections of random footage. The longest segment
features Sono's hyper interaction with girlfriend Rokoko as he constantly
screams and teases her. The next scene shows him in an orgasm as he forcibly
undergoes a haircut. The last section - arguably the most creative - takes
place in an old art shop where Sono muses over sexual relations. The images
below are from I AM SION SONO:
Japanese films, with English subtitles; widescreen format,
uncut (110 + 32 minutes), extras include Sion Sono trailer.
DVD encoded for All Region NTSC World Format.
for Mature Audiences only