Sion Sono Ranked

by Grethiwha | created - 23 Aug 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Sion Sono is my favourite filmmaker of this century, and I try to watch as many movies of his as I can find with English subtitles. These are my personal rankings for all of Sion Sono's films.

Not Seen Yet:

Love (1986) [SHORT] Dankon: The Man (1998) Wind (1998) [SHORT] Become the Adult (2004) [SEGMENT FROM FILM "No-Pants Girls: Movie Box-ing 2"] Before Prescription Police (2007) [TV SERIES (2 Episodes)] Make the Last Wish (2008) Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) The Bastard and the Beautiful World (2018) [SEGMENT FROM FILM] Prisoners of the Ghostland (2019)

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1. Hazard (2005)

103 min | Crime, Drama

Faced by a society of criminals, these three youths avenge their rights.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Jai West, Motoki Fukami, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 592


My review (originally posted in full, exclusively to this list in May 2017, before IMDb lifted its 1000-word limit on user reviews):

2. Love Exposure (2008)

Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô, Yutaka Shimizu

Votes: 10,554

My review:

3. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror

About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

Directors: Sion Sono, Joe DiGiorgi, Tony Salerno | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi, Eri Machimoto

Votes: 2,628

4. Strange Circus (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,745

5. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,734


6. Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Comedy

68 Metascore

A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa

Votes: 6,516 | Gross: $0.03M

My review:

7. Guilty of Romance (2011)

144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

56 Metascore

A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima

Votes: 4,036

8. Cold Fish (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The lives of a bored suburban couple are changed forever when a seemingly nice old man gives their daughter a job at his fish store, and soon his gruesome hobbies are bought to light.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 10,110

9. Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Horror

59 Metascore

A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Shirô Namiki

Votes: 3,884

10. Tag (2015)

85 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she becomes less certain of who she is and her once-once normal.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai

Votes: 4,713

11. Tokyo Tribe (2014)

R | 116 min | Action, Musical

58 Metascore

In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Shunsuke Daitô

Votes: 2,873

12. Into a Dream (2005)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

Low-profile theater troop actor Mutsugoro Suzuki begins an oneiric journey back to his hometown, marked by his quest to find the one responsible of infecting him with a STD.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Tetsushi Tanaka, Yûna Natsuo, Jun Murakami, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 235

My review:

13. Himizu (2011)

129 min | Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 3,145

14. Love & Peace (2015)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Bullied and diminished by his fellow employees, demure and bashful Ryoichi Suzuki finds support in an unusual friendship with a turtle. Together they will share many adventures and finally conquer the world.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kumiko Asô, Motoki Fukami, Suidôbashi Hakase, Hiroki Hasegawa

Votes: 843

15. Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017)

142 min | Drama, Horror

Manami goes out to celebrate her 22nd birthday with friends and narrowly misses being killed in a spree murder. But her plight is far from over. Two vampires, K, from the Dracula clan and ... See full summary »

Stars: Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi, Ami Fukuda, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 250

16. The Land of Hope (2012)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An earth-quake causes a nuclear crisis in a fictive Japanese prefecture. In wake of the disaster, the members of the Ono family who reside just outside the border of the mandatory ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 965

17. Balloon Club Revisited (2006)

93 min | Drama

Mitsuko Murakami puts the passion to balloon in the hot-air balloon Circle "Airheads". The club gathered young people holding a variety of thoughts. But "Airheads" is disbanded not too long... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Motoki Fukami, Yukie Kawamura, Tomoharu Hasegawa, Hiromi Nagasaku

Votes: 72

18. Antiporno (2016)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Fujiko, Sayaka Kotani

Votes: 2,089

19. The Whispering Star (2015)

100 min | Sci-Fi

A feminine android delivers packages to the scattered humans in the galaxy. With years to spare the android and us have time to contemplate what it is to be human.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kenji Endo, Yûto Ikeda, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kôko Mori

Votes: 695

20. Be Sure to Share (2009)

109 min | Drama

Shiro is twenty-seven years old and is tormented by his father's terminal cancer diagnosis. He copes by communicating his care and love to his father. We see the father and son relationship... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Akira, Eiji Okuda, Ayumi Itô, Keiko Takahashi

Votes: 376


21. The Real Body (2000)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This faux-documentary follows a butoh master, a fashion designer, and a filmmaker racing against time to create art and help a young girl in love.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shinichirô Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Araki, Kazushi Fueki, Ginji

Votes: 149

22. Bad Film (2012)

161 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

"BAD FILM" is a legendary production that was shot in 1995 over the course of the year, but went unfinished due to funding difficulties. This year, over 150 hours of footage captured on the... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takeshi Itô, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Sion Sono

Votes: 116

23. Everyone Is Psychic! (2013– )

29 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

It happens that many inhabitants of Oita Prefecture in southern Japan have extrasensory powers. One student can read others' minds. he is not alone, however, and soon bands with others, who... See full summary »

Stars: Shôta Sometani, Kaho, Erina Mano, Makita Sports

Votes: 161


24. Shinjuku Swan (2015)

139 min | Comedy

Set in Kabukicho, an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The main character Tatsuhiko doesn't have money or a job. One day, he meets a scout who recruits girls ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Erina Mano, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 903

25. I Am Sono Sion! (1985)

35 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A free-wheeling intimate cinematic journal in which the artist contemplates his life as he approaches his birthday.

Director: Sion Sono | Star: Sion Sono

Votes: 103

7/10 [SHORT]

26. 0cm4 (2001)

22 min | Short

A color-blind man decides to have an operation to cure his vision.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kumiko Asô, Masatoshi Nagase, Takuji Suzuki

Votes: 32


27. A Man's Flower Road (1987)

110 min | Drama

A story of the restrictions of family life, the desire to break free, restlessness, helplessness and the fear of becoming an adult.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Akira Fujiwara, Michiko Hida, Hiromi Kawanishi, Yamamoto Kotetsu

Votes: 46

28. The Forest of Love (2019)

TV-MA | 151 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A small group of student filmmakers and a shy young girl with strict parents are simultaneously manipulated, seduced and abused by an older man. They follow his bidding, even when murder is involved.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kippei Shîna, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Kyoko Hinami, Eri Kamataki

Votes: 874

29. I Am Keiko (1997)

61 min | Drama

Keiko Suzuki is a lonely waitress in Tokyo. Her father passes away of cancer and she becomes obsessed with the passage of time. And so, three weeks before her 22nd birthday, she decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Star: Keiko Suzuki

Votes: 207

30. Shinjuku Swan II (2017)

133 min | Action

Based on the manga series "Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru" by Ken Wakui (first published 2005 in Weekly Young Magazine). Tatsuhiko Shiratori (Gou Ayano) works as a scout, ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kokoro Asami, Tadanobu Asano, Gô Ayano, Kôta Fudauchi

Votes: 144

31. Everyone Is Psychic!, the Movie (2015)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

After receiving a cosmic blast while masturbating, a virginal teenager gains psychic powers and joins a group of ESP virgins in order to defend the world from evil psychics.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mika Akizuki, Tokio Emoto, Motoki Fukami, Mizuki Hoshina

Votes: 645

32. Madly (2016)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A global anthology film featuring innovative love stories from the some of the world's most visionary directors.

Directors: Bat for Lashes, Gael García Bernal, Anurag Kashyap, Sebastián Silva, Sion Sono, Mia Wasikowska | Stars: Radhika Apte, Kathryn Beck, Justina Bustos, Zoë Castle

Votes: 114

[SEGMENT: "Love of Love"]

33. Bicycle Sighs (1990)

93 min | Drama

Under-achievers Shiro and Keita manage to survive delivering newspapers. They are otherwise on their own since their peers had all left for university three years earlier. Passing the ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Sion Sono, Masahiro Sugiyama, Hiroko Yamamoto, Hiromi Kawanishi

Votes: 83


34. Father's Day (2003)

13 min | Short

Two girls and their partners want to visit their father to celebrate Father's Day. However, instead of happy meeting, they will be forced to experience inexplicable things.

Director: Sion Sono

Votes: 23


35. Prescription Police (2006– )


Kiriyama Shuichiro works as an information management officer in the prefectural police station. As he is very observant and has interest in the unresolved cases which have gone past the ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Odagiri, Kumiko Asô, Kosuke Toyohara, Eri Fuse

Votes: 119

[TV SERIES (2 Episodes)]

37. The Room (II) (1993)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

A quiet killer is looking for a room. The real state agent, shy and expressionless, guides him through Tokyo, towards the ruins the decadent economy has left behind, in hopes of finding The Room.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Akaji Maro, Yoriko Dôguchi, Shirô Sano, Sayoko Takahashi

Votes: 164


38. Love Songs (1984)

9 min | Short

Accompanied by the insistent shrilling of an alarm clock and by two love songs, a young man struggles to wake up.

Director: Sion Sono

Votes: 34


39. Teachers of Sexual Play: Modelling Urns with the Female Body (2000)

59 min | Comedy

About a pottery workshop run by Ms. Namie. Her students want to become as skilled as her, and she teach them that the key to good pottery is love.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Yûya Ishikawa, Yû Kanzaki, Sion Sono, Atsuko Suzuki

Votes: 61

40. Decisive Match! Girls Dorm Against Boys Dorm (1988)

90 min

A world-class marathon becomes the clashes between the women's and a men's dormitory. Armed with toy machineguns and pistols, the young people challenge each other.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Hiromi Kawanishi, Sion Sono

Votes: 31

[SEGMENT: "Cinema's Future is My Future"]

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