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  • Directed by Sion Sono
  • Japan, 2016, 76 mins., Japanese

Sion Sono’s adventure re-visits the world of the Roman (softcore) Porno yielding a film that’s anything but sexually gratifying: Is Kyoko a viciously cruel, artistic, sexual force . . . or a defeated pawn in the strict hierarchy of cultural norms and masochism that surrounds her? Kyoko’s oscillating meta-identities pointedly critique the genre and leave the viewer with plenty of questions about the nature of sexuality in and on film in Japan. Adult. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Appears in: Japanese Currents

Genres: Drama

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Love & Peace

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The Whispering Star

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