SHINJUKU SWAN: Watch The Teaser For Yet Another Now Sono Sion Film

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SHINJUKU SWAN: Watch The Teaser For Yet Another Now Sono Sion Film
There are American directors for whom six feature films represents a lifetime of work. For Japan's Sono Sion, six pictures will reportedly be his output for 2015 alone. Prolific? Oh, yes, on a scale that's going to make it very difficult to keep all these titles straight.

Hitting screens in May will be Shinjuku Swan, an adaptation of the Wakui Ken manga starring Ayano Go as a young man who becomes a recruiter for the sex industry with Sawajiri Erika starring as one of the working girls.

Sono has always had a fairly blithe acceptance of sexual exploitation in his films which, coupled with the source material, means this one may very well occupy a troubling space for many, though given that Sony is planning a fairly wide release for the picture in Japan I wouldn't expect the content to be particularly extreme.

The first teaser for this one actually arrived back in January but we've just come across it now. Check it out below.
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J'accuseteauFebruary 26, 2015 5:34 PM

Sion Sono
+ the phrase "this one may very well occupy a troubling space for many"

Pasta_BearFebruary 26, 2015 11:45 PM

I'd rather he make one great film per year than several questionable efforts. Not that I've seen the most recent output, but this news doesn't boost my confidence.

Todd BrownFebruary 27, 2015 10:50 AM

Only if you consider rape fantasy to be gold, really. His treatment of women is frequently appalling and given the entire premise of this I'm not expecting him to exactly temper those urges. Man's a genius in a whole lot of ways but I'm not even remotely comfortable glossing over the misogyny that pops up frequently in his stuff.

Ard VijnFebruary 27, 2015 7:26 PM

I'd prefer one great film over several questionable efforts as well, but the last two I saw were WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL and TOKYO TRIBE, and both are absolutely awesome.

j dFebruary 28, 2015 1:38 AM

Only seen Love Exposure but that was brilliant.

Martin WagnerMarch 1, 2015 3:01 AM

Yeah, as high-energy and enjoyable as Tokyo Tribe was, the misogyny levels were off the charts. You're not 5 minutes in before the first sexual assault happens.

Ard VijnMarch 1, 2015 8:03 AM

I don't mind misogyny so much as long as it's the bad guys doing it, and as long as it is obviously shown to be obnoxious behavior.

Sono mostly keeps it on the right side of that edge, but there are unmistakably parts in almost each of his films where I get confused with his intentions. Sometimes these scenes are shot with a gloating and exploitative desire to show off the female body.

That first attack in TOKYO TRIBE can be seen as the shallowest kind of character development, showing just how evil the villains are (and for once this shallowness is intentional and fits the general "vibe" of the film), but he has the victim played by a famous nude model with truly spectacular breasts. It's almost as if his visual message is that sexual assault is bad, but also kinda cool.

Art VandelayMarch 1, 2015 8:04 AM

Yeah, but it's exaggerated to the point of hilarity (Eating women? Really?). Most, if not all hip-hop has that kind of mentality (Bitches and hos!). At least in the film, the female characters' problems don't revolve around men.

Besides, every person who commits any misogynistic behaviour get their comeuppance by either being defeated and/or killed. If anything, most men look bad because they are portrayed like raving nutjobs who get into wars over something so little (literally, hehe).

Funny thing is that there is a good male character played by a female who's probably the toughest character in the film.
Whereas there's a bad male character who dresses up like a woman who treats people (both men and women) like furniture. He's probably the only asexual character in the film.
Seems like equal treatment, as skewered and over-the-top as it is.

You want to see misogyny, see a Barbara Wong film.