Sion Sono (Film director)

Sion Sono

Sion Sono is a filmmaker and poet from Aichi Prefecture. He got his start making avant-garde 8 mm films and performing his poetry in live performances. He also appeared as an actor in Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf, a 2001 movie by legendary filmmaker Teruo Ishii. However, Sono didn’t gain international acclaim until the release of his smash hit horror movie, Suicide Club, which was released at the peak of the J-horror boom.

Sono was represented by Dongyu Club until he was expelled from the company in December 2012 following his unexpected absence at the Dubai International Film Festival. He later cited “extreme mental fatigue” as his reason for not showing up.

Native name
園子温 (SONO Shion)
Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture
December 18, 1961 (age 52)
Film director


  • Given name is pronounced, and often transliterated as "Shion"

Filmography as director

Filmography as writer

Filmography as actor

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Last Updated Aug 08, 2014 at 08:09:32 EDT