Love Exposure (2008) – 4 hrs

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 67

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AKA: Ai No Mukidashi
Directed by: Sion Sono
Starring: Takahiro Nishijima (Yu), Hikari Mitsushima (Yoko), Sakura Ando (Koike), Atsuro Watabe (Father), Makiko Watanabe (Kaori)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs); Effed Up Japanese Films
Runtime: 03:56:32
Genres: Teenagers, Voyeur-Stalking, Family, , Religion, Cult, Sexual-Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, SelfHarm-Suicide, Gore-Gruesome, Captivity-Kidnapping, CrossDressing, Lesbians, Domestic Abuse, Porn-related

Plot – Spoilers:
Diverse characters and their backstories are explored in separate chapters – there’s plenty of time for that with the 4-hour runtime.

We begin with the lead character Yu. Following the untimely death of his mother, he grows up with a depressed father who immerses himself in Christianity, even becoming a popular local priest. Temptress Kaori enters and leaves their lives, leaving dad cold and cruel to the point where he doesn’t accept Yu’s confessions at church anymore, insisting that Yu’s lying about his sinless life. So in an effort to reconnect with dad, Yu starts sinning and when the sins don’t seem good enough, he befriends a gang of misfits from school and takes to sexual sins to enrage father. The group specializes in upskirt clicks and Yu is the undefeated champ, elevating him to a leader role.

But for all his collection of panty and thigh snaps, Yu just can’t get hard. He keeps waiting for his personal Virgin Mary to turn him on and this happens when he saves Yoko from a bunch of thugs. Only problem is, he was in drag at the time on a dare, and has to continue the charade to continue meeting Yoko, because she despises all men. It gets more complicated when Yoko moves into Yu’s home because it turns out she’s Kaori’s step-daughter and so when Kaori returns, Yoko becomes some kind of sister to Yu. There’s also a cult member, Koike, who’s out to recruit the whole bunch and also has her eyes on Yu.

Love Exposure is one of those really long movies that you could actually watch in one sitting, because it’s ridiculously entertaining, even despite a soppy love angle that creeps in towards the end. Even where the scenes are about pain and misery, there is an element of dark humor that makes it almost comedic – like when one of the characters is being beaten with a belt by her father, and he insists she say, “Geeve it to me”.

The English subtitles also lead to some (possibly) unintentional wordplay, like at the end:
Who’s Yu?
You!
I’m Yu…?
Yes, Yu.

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Mr.Delarge
Mr.Delarge
March 19, 2024 11:06 am

This movie was a rollercoaster, I was on a constant cycle of loving and hating it, I came out loving this flick. The Japanese are unmatched when it comes to crazy shit. It’s long but well worth the watch. A story of love, perversion, duplicity, and god. What a gem, th the fashion, the music, the story just wow.

zioSilleni
zioSilleni
November 6, 2023 10:26 am

I’m not a SSono’s big fan but I loved this

Ciweety
Ciweety
September 20, 2023 12:35 pm

Didn’t expect to see this kind of movie on this website since I thought it only provided B-movies here. The plot is so refreshing compared with other movies on this site and this is such a great movie that the ending actually made me cry. TT

Richard
Richard
September 13, 2023 10:51 am

I was charged with exposure once (I lie, 27 times) pulling my cock out & milking it outside preschools & daycare centres, I really don’t get what their problem is?

fred fat
fred fat
September 10, 2023 8:12 pm

this didnt get much exposure when it was first released

Regan Macneil
Regan Macneil
September 9, 2023 4:17 pm

I love Koike

BoikoBorisov
BoikoBorisov
September 7, 2023 7:34 pm

Finally a good movie

Kikitza
Kikitza
September 7, 2023 12:40 pm

Hear my heart go Doki Doki! everytime
I love Japanese drama

Cotton candy
Cotton candy
September 6, 2023 12:54 pm

Could easily have been edited down to two hours. The first 45 mins just drags. If people expect it to jump pace and go full mental later on you will be dissapointed. I kind of enjoyed it but also constantly wanted something more. It took more than one sitting for me to get through.

Giallo
Giallo
September 6, 2023 6:53 am

I thought this movie fits to the incest category as well…

pfred
pfred
September 5, 2023 10:19 pm

EXCELLENT!!!

Another great one to check out (or add here!) :

Why Don’t You Play In Hell

bies
bies
September 5, 2023 8:56 pm

This week I went through the effedup-archives. I was pleasantly surprised again about the amazing range of high quality films offered here, and I felt grateful for introducing me to many great often-overlooked movies. This Sion Sono movie is an excellent addition to your archive, thanks, Admins! Sorry to say this, but this movie is easy to find elsewhere, even for old people like me. This is not a request, but if you would really would want to make a difference, try to give us access to Sion Sono’s ‘Love and Peace’ here. And now that I write something, ever thought of the Nikos Nikolaidis film ‘The Zero Years’? Note that this is not a request, just an attempt to give life to an important effedup movie that seems to be almost dead!

Berkowitz
Berkowitz
September 5, 2023 2:26 pm

Wow, Awesome, I’ve never heard of this anywhere before, Ever, Thankyou & Strap in for a long haul of Japanese depravity, Very cool.

OJ not Simpson
OJ not Simpson
September 5, 2023 8:33 am

Japanese madness at the finest.