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Despite frequent criticism over his depictions of women, Sion Sono has created some of Japanese cinema’s most compelling female characters in films that are bold and always thought-provoking.


In this video essay, we explore some of Sono’s women in Guilty of Romance, Tag and Antiporno — three films that explore female identity, sexual oppression and misogyny.


This video essay was narrated by and written by Natalie Ng and edited by Hieu Chau. It was also produced exclusively for Japanese Film Festival – Australia.


Films used:

  • Suicide Club (2001)
  • Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005)
  • Love Exposure (2008)
  • Cold Fish (2010)
  • Guilty of Romance (2011)
  • Himizu (2011)
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013)
  • Tag (2015)
  • Antiporno (2016)


Music used:

  • Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (Opus 27 No. 2) – Ludwig van Beehoven
  • Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully – Marin Marais
  • Pure As Snow – Mono