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TIFF Trailer: Sion Sono's Wild, Hip Hop Driven 'Tokyo Tribe'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 10:00 AM
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Tokyo Tribe
After delivering gonzo efforts like "Why Don't You Play In Hell?," "Love Exposure" and "Cold Fish," Sion Sono is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness lineup with his latest "Tokyo Tribe." And the filmmaker is once again ready to drop a whole lotta crazy.

Renny Harlin, Sion Sono & Pen-ek Ratanaruang Line Up Directorial Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 1:03 PM
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There was a time, probably much shorter than we actually remember, when Renny Harlin was sort of a big deal in Hollywood. But for every "Die Hard 2" or "Deep Blue Sea," he would also drop stuff like "The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane" or "Mindhunters," and pretty soon the crap was outweighing the enjoyable schlock until he's now helming stuff like January's DOA "The Legend Of Hercules." But, never one to quit, he's got another gig lined up.

Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

Venice Review: Sono Sion's Bonkers Midnight Movie 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 10:01 AM
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"Crowd-pleasing" is not an adjective typically associated with Japanese director Sono Sion. For a decade or so, he's been celebrated among cinephiles for his abrasive, challenging films like the four-hour long "Love Exposure" and the post-2011-tsunami "Himizu," which was something of a favourite here in Venice two years ago. But his latest, " Why Don't You Play In Hell?," is something of a departure — an ambivalently loving tribute to both the action movie and filmmaking in general, not so much blood-splattered as blood-drenched. It seems destined to be a midnight movie cult hit, but still feels very much a Sono film.

Watch: Intense Trailer For Sion Sono's Nuclear Crisis Drama 'The Land Of Hope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 10:24 AM
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Better known to stateside genre fans as the director behind "Cold Fish" and the epic and weird "Love Exposure," for his latest effort, Sion Sono is ripping directly from the headlines and seemingly playing it totally straight. Inspired by the 2011 earthquake that rocked Japan and unleashed a nuclear disaster that still has repercussions today, Sono has put together "The Land of Hope," and as you might expect from this new U.K. trailer for the film, it's pretty intense stuff.

Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' & More Unveiled For TIFF's 25th Anniversary Midnight Madness Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 7:49 AM
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It isn't all high-falutin' Oscar contenders headed to TIFF in September. Their famed Midnight Madness lineup, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, provides attendees a chance to kick back and enjoy some good old fashioned thrills. And this morning, organizers have pulled back the curtain on the bloody, pulse-pounding delights they'll have in store.

Sion Sono To Direct 'Kill Bill'-Esque 'Why Don't You Play In Hell?'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 21, 2012 2:19 PM
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Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” already had it’s share of Eastern references, but now Japanese director Sion Sono is planning a picture which by his own admission has an “accidental resemblance to 'Kill Bill.' ” Sono’s a fairly prolific director and has helmed seven films since 2008 including “Love Exposure,” “The Land of Hope” and “Cold Fish” -- all works that have earned him a rather strong cult following.

Ezra Miller May Star In Film About Norwegian Black Metal Band Mayhem From Japanese Helmer Shion Sono

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 8:20 AM
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In only a few short years, 19-year-old Ezra Miller has become something of a poster child for American independent film. The young actor has had his flirtations with the mainstream -- he appeared on "Californication" and on "Royal Pains," and was courted by Warner Bros for "Akira" before the project fell apart. But for the most part, since his breakthrough in Antonio Campos' "Afterschool," he's been leaning on the independent side of the fence, with projects including "City Island," "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and the upcoming duo of "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" and "Madame Bovary." And he looks to continue in that vein, announcing that he's in discussions with one of international cinema's most uncompromising filmmakers for a picture with fascinating subject matter.

'Cold Fish' & 'Guilty Of Romance' Director Sion Sono Making Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Pic 'The Land Of Hope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 2:42 PM
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Is seems Sion Sono isn't done with last March's devastating earthquake in Japan just yet. Perhaps best known to genre fans stateside for his thriller "Cold Fish" or the epically bonkers "Love Exposure," last year Sono went to Venice with "Himizu" his tale centered on the danger zone following the Japanese earthquake. And with cameras now rolling on this next film, he hasn't left that event behind.

Venice '11 Review: Sono Sion's 'Himizu' Is Close To Unwatchable, And Yet Vitally Important

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2011 7:50 AM
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If you're after a quick response to recent events, particularly in the case of a cataclysmic disaster, cinema is not your medium. It takes years to write and develop even a bad script, let alone the financing, casting, shooting and pre-production of a film. And that's even without taking into account a reticence to address what has the potential to be traumatic material; there's a reason that it took half-a-decade for the events of 9/11 to reach the screen, and even then many believed that it was too soon for what some dismiss as mere entertainment to address such epoch-changing events.

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