Love Exposure

Love Exposure (2009)

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Tsunoda Yu and Yoko meet under the most unusual of circumstances. After Yu loses a bet with his friends he agrees to go into the city dressed as a woman and kiss the first woman he sees. When they go into the city Yu and his friends comes across a young teenage girl named Yoko who is surrounded by a group of thugs. Yu, still dressed as a woman, then helps Yoko read morebeat up the gang of thugs. Afterwards Yu kisses Yoko and runs away. Yu for the first time falls in love with a girl, but Yoko falls in love with the woman in drag known only as Miss Scorpion.
Meanwhile, Yu is being followed by Koike Aya, a member of the cult group "Zero Church." Koike Aya devises a plan to bring Yu's entire family into the "Zero Church," but first she will gain the favor of Yoko by masquerading as Miss Scorpion.

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    Ai no mukidashi

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Jun 10, 2012
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Wow, I watched this just now and I am still speachless. I started watching it without knowing how long it was going to be. Maybe that would have shocked me off if I had known - I am glad I didn't.

As for the story, of course it is totally extreme, vulgar and shocking, but it was acted out incredibly good, without making fun of any of the really serious subjects and read more without being laughable.

The characters were thoroughly thought about and there were no stereotypes. There were no "good" and "bad" characters, either.
Of course the acting was great. You must be a great actor to pull off extreme scenes like there were so many in this movie. It must have been really, really hard.

I would recommend everyone who's old enough (well as said before, it IS kind of extreme) to watch this. It is definitely worth it and a masterpiece.
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Sep 21, 2011
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  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
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According to me, this movie is simply brialliant!

The plot is really original as it is a mixture of many different genres - comedy, splatter, romance, action, erotism and a lot more - nevetheless it not patchy at all.

The protagonist is unconventional, he's both a hero and an anti-hero, a boy in love and a pervert. Moreover we understand why he has become like that, read more how his father's fundamentalism has almost destroyed his mind.

The director was brave enough to deal directly with very controversial issues, which are still seen as a taboo, as for example female masturbation.

The movie is quite long but you never get bored watching it because it is always surprising!
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Both deal with social issues in contemporary Japan, especially on the breakdown of family due to inter-generational conflict.
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Both movies have a very distinctive style. Both are good, but Hard Romanticker keeps you glued to the screen when Love Exposure fades after a brilliant start. Hard Romanticker is more violent, but on some parts very funny, if you have a certain sense of humor. However both are worth watching if you enjoy this kind of films.
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    Max May 12, 2017

    Masterpiece, I bought the DVD some months ago and I wasn't motivated to watch a four hours movie... But this is definitely my favorite japanese movie so far and it's impossible to say something about this without spoil... I strongly recommend Ai no Mukidashi. More than a movie, it is a unique experience !

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    Senpai May 11, 2017

    No comments, I've never seen anything like it! It's one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. Difficult to try to explain the unexplained just by watching to try to understand. As for the cons it would be to write a book with so many mistakes on the scene.

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    KarolK Mar 22, 2017

    In 2017 I still think this is a masterpiece. And I'll probably think the same forever

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    skye Dec 10, 2016

    soooooooooooooooooooooooo weiiiiiiiiird BUT I LOVE WEIRD, THIS WAS AN AMAZING MOVIE <3

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    GoEunChanDaddict Oct 1, 2016

    what the fuuuu

    this was amazing seriously how can something so weird be so amazing
    despite all the weirdness it had so much depth that it amazed me

    might be a little too long for my taste wondered why it's not ending haha was like is time going so slow and afterwards i realized it's actually longer then your average movie

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    Maren Aug 19, 2016

    Whoa... If you dare to watch this madness at least watch it 'till the very end. You won't regret!

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    babysmurf Jul 16, 2016

    what. a. fricken. ride.

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    Adam Jul 11, 2016 - edited

    Sono's funny, shocking and touching magnum opus left me breathless.

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    MIZU Jun 24, 2016 - edited

    Unrealistic "love" between the MCs, but alright. The entire thing was nuts either way, not that good. Unhealthy obsessions don't turn into love.

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    Elena Jun 2, 2016
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    erikuz May 12, 2016

    Great..totally novel piece of work..though i'm psychologically exhausted after watching

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    BrightestStar Jan 16, 2016 - edited

    For a 4 hours movie, time flew by quickly. It was a pretty absorbing watch, and the acting was strong enough to engulf you. I haven't bothered with Nishijima Takahiro before but he's so excellent here I'm gonna start looking up his other dramas.

    As for this movie, I found the first 2 hours excellent. A coming of age piece with important themes such love, perversion, self discovery, religion, hypocrisy, sin, violence, fakeness and truth, among others, intertwining perfectly in the drama, bringing the characters to life. Then came the focus on the cult, and I felt, while being frustrating (though it frustration might've been intentional in that setting it still decreased my enjoyment of watching the movie), but really I felt that all the themes were fading and the movie switched focus. The theme of love felt more like an obsession than anything else. It felt like another movie.

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    SprinkledPink Sep 21, 2015

    Mitsushima Hikari's breakthrough role

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    cherry Aug 19, 2015

    theres a weird part to the internet, and this movie belongs there... I did enjoy it tho :)

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    DewiPertiwi Apr 6, 2015

    I kinda feel a bit A Clockwork Orange vibe while watching this movie... Perhaps because of the ending and the classical music score, eh?


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    Jan 31, 2009
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    3 hr. 57 min.


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