Sion Sono

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Sion Sono
Born (1961-12-20) December 20, 1961 (age 52)
Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan
Occupation Poet, film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, film composer, actor
Spouse(s) Megumi Kagurazaka
Website
http://www.sonosion.com/

Sion Sono (園 子温 Sono Shion?, born December 20, 1961) is a Japanese filmmaker, author and poet.


Feature filmmaker[edit]

After receiving a fellowship with the PIA, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha Toiki), a coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan. Sono co-wrote, directed, and starred in the film.[1]

In 1992, Sono's second feature film The Room (Heya), also written by himself, was a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district. It participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.[citation needed] The Room also toured on 49 festivals worldwide, including the Berlin Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.[2]

Current projects[edit]

In 2005 he wrote and directed Into a Dream (Yume no Naka e), which also released as a novel later on, and was a coming-of-age tale much in the style of his first film Bicycle Sighs, about the life of a theatre group member and his quest to find who he is. Few weeks after that, he released the Suicide Circle's second part, based on the Kanzenban novel. Noriko's Dinner Table was also directed and written by him, and was part of twelve film festivals worldwide. For this movie he worked with many first-time actors, and took the Suicide Circle story into a different level. For his efforts, he received a Don Quijote Award and a Special Mention at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

At the end of 2005, Sion Sono also premiered a personal project with actors Issei Ishida and Masumi Miyazaki. Strange Circus (Kimyô na Sâkasu), directed, written, composed and cinematographed by Sono, took elements from the Grand Guignol theater and a story from the minds of both Masumi and Sono, filled with incest, sexual abuse, terrible family issues, extreme gore, and a twisted sense of reality.[3]

In 2008, he was the director and writer of Love Exposure. Love Exposure is the first film in Sono's "Hate" trilogy; the films Cold Fish, released in 2010, and Guilty of Romance, released in 2011, are also directed by Sono, are the second and third installments of the trilogy respectively.[4]

Recurring collaborators[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Love Song (1984) Director
  • I Am Sion Sono!! (1985) Director, writer and actor
  • A Man's Hanamichi (1986) Director and writer
  • Ai (1986) Director and writer
  • Kessen! Joshiryo tai Danshiryo (1988) Director and writer
  • Bicycle Sighs (1991) Director, co-writer and actor
  • Heya: The Room (1992) Director and writer
  • I Hate You... Not (1992) Actor
  • Otaku (1992) Actor
  • Bad Film (1995) Director and writer
  • Keiko Desu Kedo (1997) Director and writer
  • Kaze (1998) Director and writer
  • Dankon: The Man (1998) Director and writer
  • Seigi no Tatsujin Nyotai Tsubo Saguri (1998) Director and writer
  • Utsushimi (1998) Director, writer and cinematographer
  • 0cm4 (1999) Director and writer
  • Blind Beast vs. Dwarf (2000) Actor
  • Father's Day (2001) Director
  • Suicide Club (2001) Director and writer
  • Chichi no Hi (2003) Director and writer
  • Otona ni Nattara (2004) Director and writer
  • Hazard (2005) Director and writer
  • Into a Dream (2005) Director and writer
  • Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) Director and writer
  • Strange Circus (2005) Director, writer, composer and cinematographer
  • Balloon Club, Afterwards (2006) Director and writer
  • Exte (2007) Director and writer
  • Love Exposure (2008) Director and writer
  • Be Sure to Share (2009) Director and writer
  • Cold Fish (2010) Director and co-writer
  • Guilty of Romance (2011) Director and writer
  • Himizu (2011) Director
  • The Land of Hope (2012) Director and writer
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013) Director and writer
  • Tokyo Tribes (2014) Director
  • ABC`s of Death 2 (2014) Director

Bibliography[edit]

  • Tokyo Gagaga (1993)
  • Furo de Yomu Gendai Shi Nyuumon (2000)
  • Jisatsu Saakuru: Kanzenban (2002)
  • Jikou Keisatsu (2002)
  • Yume no Naka e (2005)

Awards[edit]

Sono received the following awards for his films:

Sono also received the following nominations for his films:

References[edit]

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