In a 2016 documentary about his life and creative process, there is a scene where filmmaker Sion Sono shows a barely completed painting, that he had been working on for months, to the crew filming him and asks dispassionately if they think it’s good art or not. The off-camera interviewer, clearly confused by the sudden and direct question sputters out that he doesn’t know. Sono sharply responds that it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad and that it only matters if it expresses emotion. He then chucks the large canvas across the room with as much care as one throws a soiled tissue into the trash. This peculiar moment reveals a lot about how Sono views his work and it’s all I could think about after I watched his latest directorial effort, the post-apocalyptic “East meets West” mashup, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND.
The trailer for his latest film, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, doesn’t use the tag of “A Sion Sono Film” or even a simple “directed by” note to introduce the acclaimed filmmaker to American audiences. It instead goes for the attention-grabbing phrase “[from] the warped mind of Sion Sono.” Marketing and cheeky hyperbole aside, no one working in film today has as unique of a voice as the fifty-nine-year-old Japanese auteur.
The campaign continues to ramp up for director Sion Sono’s latest genre mash-up spectacular, Prisoners Of The Ghostland, and RLJE Films is unloading all the assets out this week led by an official, and rather badass poster which you can peep at in the gallery below.
North Bend 2021 Review: Sion Sono’s THE RED POST ON ESCHER ST., A Love Letter Written In Pain, Tragedy And Cinematic Jacquerie
More than thirty years into his career, ceremony remains on-going for acclaimed director Sion Sono’s eclectic approach to cinema. That no less includes the praise and approval among fans witnessing one of his latest film-within-a-film (within-a-film) effort, The Red Post On Escher St., a “graduation project” of sorts comprised of students from his acting workshop, and shot in a way that lends an extra layer of perceptive depth to the overall environment and setting.
PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND Brandishes A Shotgun-Wielding Nicolas Cage In New Stills For The Sion Sono Thriller
I’m sorry… was that a Nicolas Cage film you wanted?
Sometime late last year, Robb Antequera of The Cinema Drunkie sought for the services of several online film reporters, bloggers and willing participants to help contribute to a top fifty list – with sets of ten of our own written summaries – of the previous decade’s best action gems. I contributed about twelve films among which can currently be read among a mix of forty others now opined online as of this article, and in the wake of entries published over at The Action Elite, Action Flix and Bulletproof Action, the series continues below.
Eureka Entertainment has unleashed a grand raft of titles it has acquired for lucky movie fans in the U.K., some of which are set for festival screenings in the coming months. One of their titles is an adorned crowdpleaser courtesy of the warped mind of director Sion Sono with surreal 2015 action horror Tag.
Loosely adapted from Yamada Yusuke 2001 novel, its applied narrative centers on a young high school girl entrapped between three lives and identities with dark forces in hot pursuit. Sion’s twisted fantasy nod to feminism and popular culture is presented with a touch of action and ultra-gore with an arthouse aesthetic that nonetheless thrills and resonates with loads of entertainment value.
Best of all here is that Eureka has announced it for a Dual Format release on November 20 with pre-orders now up and running, and a trailer just below the announcement to show for their efforts.
Japanese auteur Sion Sono follows up the deliriously entertaining Tokyo Tribe, with Tag, a surreal horror that combines his arthouse aesthetics with equal doses of pro-feminist action fantasy, and the kind of ultra-gory exploitation filmmaking that would make Takashi Miike and Yoshihiro Nishimura proud.
Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is the sole survivor of a bizarre paranormal incident that kills all of her classmates. Running for her life, Mitsuko seemingly slips into an alternate reality, but death and chaos seems to follow her everywhere. As Mitsuko finds herself in increasingly surreal and violent situations, the true horror behind her nightmare is revealed.
With a jaw-dropping opening sequence reminiscent of Sono’s earlier cult masterpiece, Suicide Club, Tag is a mind-bending slice of action-horror, Alice in Wonderland meets Tokyo Gore Police, and Eureka Entertainment is proud to present the film on Blu-ray and DVD.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES1080p presentation (On the Blu-ray) | Optional English subtitles | Optional 5.1 or Stereo (uncompressed on the Blu-ray) audio tracks | Theatrical trailer
Director Sion Sono has had some good fortune since becoming a hit late last year with his most recent live-action hip-hopera manga hit, Tokyo Tribe. He’s since gone on to direct his latest mature adult gangster adaptation, Shinjuku Swan『新宿スワン』which is currently gearing up for a theatrical release in Japan this May courtesy of Sony, and we now have a teaser that lends an eye to what we can expect, which no doubt includes some heartfelt drama and plenty of beatings and screaming to go around.
Set in Kabukicho, which is an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Shiratori Tatsuhiko doesn’t have money or a job. One day, he meets a scout named Mako who recruits girls on the streets to work in the adult entertainment business. Mako likes Tatsuhiko and introduces Tatsuhiko to the world where he works. Tatsuhiko soon works as a scout too.
Actress Sawajiri Erika and actors Iseya Yusuke, Ayano Go and Yamada Takayuki star. Watch the teaser featuring the awesome theme, “Dive” by alternative j-rock band, Man With A Mission.
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Japan cinema goers are a month and a half away from the release of director Sono Sion‘s new live-action manga adaptation Tokyo Tribe, and the full action-packed trailer has just arrived courtesy of Nikkatsu offering a better glimpse into what Sono‘s vision of author Santa Inoue’s universe looks like on screen. And if the new trailer is any indication, it looks like Sono is going the route of part fantasy gangster thriller spectacle, part hip-hop musical, with lead debut actor Young Dais and actor Shota Sometani kicking things off with a few rhymes of their own.
Tokyo. A multitude of tribes exist, with resident youth ruling the streets through violence while protecting their own turf. Shibuya Saru, Shinjuku Hands, Kabuki GiraGira Girls, Musashino Saru and…Bukuro Wu – Ronz. Until now, crossing territorial lines has led to riots and rumbles.
New York, NY — North America’s largest showcase of Japanese film and “One of the loopiest… and least predictable of New York’s film festivals” (New York Magazine), JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema returns for its eighth annual installment.
Why Don’t You Play In Hell director Sono Sion is back in the fray this week ahead of the upcoming release of his latest beat-em-up gangster flick, Tokyo Tribe, based on manga author Santa Inoue’s 1993 publication and subsequent serial anime. Following the first promotional still released several days ago, we now get to see some of the brutal live-action chaos set to dazzle audiences in the form of a glorious new teaser with hip hop artist Young Dais leading in his big screen debut, along with Ryuta Sato, Nana Seino, Ryohei Suzuki, Shoko Nakagawa and Riki Takeuchi.
Tokyo Tribe releases in Japan on August 30.
Set sometime in the future, five years have passed since the Shibuya riots. There are now several tribes that exists in Tokyo. Boys makeup tribes and they occupy areas under their influence. Kai Deguchi is a member of the tribe Musashino Saru led by Tera.
One day, a member of Musashino Saru is killed by rival tribe Bukuro Wu-RONZ led by Mera. Kai and Mera are former best friends, but not anymore. Meanwhile, Tera, the leader of Musashino Saru and a moderate who forbids using violence, is killed by Mera from Bukuro Wu-RONZ.
Musashino Saru is now divided by two sides: one advocates following their slain leader’s non-violence idealogy and the other side who wants to use violence to exact revenge. A riot soon ensues among the tribes.
As the film festival season continues, fans and filmgoers are bound to hear more news of pickups for distribution for North America and other parts of the world. As such, there are at least two titles worth mentioning today so far.