Love Exposure (2008)

Love Exposure is a Japanese movie written and directed by Sion Sono. It premiered at Tokyo FILMeX on November 29, 2008. It won the Caligari Film Award and the FIPRESCI (International Critics) Prize in the Forum section of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.

The film was the first installment of Sono’s “Hate” trilogy, which also includes Cold Fish (2010) and Guilty of Romance (2011).

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
Ai no Mukidashi
Premiere date
November 29, 2008
Release date
January 31, 2009
Directed by
Sion Sono
Written by
Sion Sono (screenplay)
Distributed by
Phantom Film
  • Love Exposure US Blu-ray

    Region A Blu-ray (English subtitles)

    Label: Olive Films (US)
    Out: Sep 18, 2012
  • Love Exposure UK Blu-ray

    Region B Blu-ray (English subtitles)

    Label: Third Window Films (UK)
    Out: Aug 13, 2012
  • Love Exposure - US DVD

    Region 1 NTSC DVD (English subtitles)

    Label: Olive Films (US)
    Out: Dec 20, 2011
  • Love Exposure UK DVD

    Region 2 PAL DVD (English subtitles)

    Label: Third Window Films (UK)
    Out: Jan 25, 2010
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Yu is a seemingly happy young man who lives with his father Tetsu, a devout catholic priest. His father falls deeply in love with a woman named Saori, but when she leaves him, he ends up taking all his moral frustrations out on Yu, forcing him to make daily confessions of his sins. However, Yu is so well-behaved, he can’t seem to come up with anything to appease his overbearing father.

In order to remedy the situation and come up with sins worthy of confession, Yu becomes an amateur “upskirt” photographer, snapping photos of unsuspecting women in public areas. Meanwhile, Saori returns to Tetsu with her disgruntled daughter Yoko in tow. Yu immediately recognizes her from a previous chance encounter. As he tries to suppress secret feelings for Yoko, a religious cult leader named Koike manages to brain wash her, Tetsu, and Saori. Eventually, Yu comes up with a dangerous plan to rescue them and force Yoko to accept his love.

Featured Cast

Actor Role
Takahiro Nishijima Takahiro Nishijima Yu
Hikari Mitsushima Hikari Mitsushima Yoko
Sakura Ando Sakura Ando
Atsuro Watabe Atsuro Watabe Tetsu, Yu's father
Itsuji Itao Itsuji Itao
Hiroshi Oguchi Hiroshi Oguchi
Hiroyuki Onoue Hiroyuki Onoue
Jai West Jai West
Makiko Watanabe Makiko Watanabe
Mami Nakamura Mami Nakamura
Mitsuru Kuramoto Mitsuru Kuramoto
Nana Nagao Nana Nagao
Shinji Miyadai Shinji Miyadai
Tasuku Nagaoka Tasuku Nagaoka
Yuko Genkaku Yuko Genkaku

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Last Updated 18 Jun 2014 at 09:50