Sion Sono Rankedby 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.
My review (originally posted in full, exclusively to this list in May 2017, before IMDb lifted its 1000-word limit on user reviews): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0798722/reviews-2
2. Love Exposure (2008)
Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.
My review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1128075/reviews-41
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.
5. Suicide Club (2001)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
6. Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Comedy
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.
Votes: 6,516 | Gross: $0.03M
My review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2409302/reviews-12
7. Guilty of Romance (2011)
144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
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 »
8. Cold Fish (2010)
Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
9. Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Horror
A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »
11. Tokyo Tribe (2014)
R | 116 min | Action, Musical
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.
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.
My review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0456748/reviews-1
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
[TV SERIES (6 EPISODES)]
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 »
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.
26. 0cm4 (2001)
22 min | Short
A color-blind man decides to have an operation to cure his vision.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
[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 »
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
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 »
[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.
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
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.
41. Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)
120 min | Documentary
Seventy short films about cinema and its future.
Directors: Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German Jr., Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Ki-duk Kim, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia | Stars: Jessica Alexander, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lola Créton, Haile Gerima
[SEGMENT: "Cinema's Future is My Future"]