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  • Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) | Review

    Fantastic Fest 2009

    By | September 23, 2009


    Director: Shion Sono

    Writer(s): Shion Sono

    Starring: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe, Atsuro Watabe

    Clocking in just shy of four hours, Love Exposure spends an obscene quantity of time building the back-story of the film’s protagonist, Yu (Takahiro Nishijima)…and gratuitously focusing on panty shots…but I’ll get back to that later.

    Yu’s mother dies while he is just a child. Before she dies, Yu’s mother gives him a statue of the Virgin Mary. Yu’s father becomes a Catholic priest, but then his fancy is tickled by another woman. Overburdened by the guilt of his own actions, Yu’s father forces Yu to confess on a daily basis. Yu’s dilemma is that he is a good person with little or nothing to confess. At first he makes up sins, but his father sees right through him; so Yu is forced to find real sins to actually commit, hence Yu falls in with a questionable crowd.

    Yu is taught by his new friends how to steal, fight and take stealth photographs up women’s skirts. Yu promptly becomes a skilled panty shot photographer. He is perceived to be a pervert, but it is impotent, I mean important, to note that he never gets off from the photos.

    Eventually Yu meets the girl of his dreams (let’s call her his Virgin Mary). How does he know this? Because glancing at her panties makes him erect.

    And that’s just the first 45 minutes of the film! The remaining three hours I’ll leave up to your imagination…

    Directed by Shion Sono (known in Fantastic Fest circles for his film Exte: Hair Extensions), Love Exposure comes highly recommended for recovering Catholics with a penchant for peeking at panties.

    Love Exposure will be screening at Fantastic Fest 2009 – go to for screening times.

    Rating: 6/10


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