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Film poster
Directed bySion Sono
Produced byNaoko Komuro
Sion Sono
Kiyoe Takage
Shin'ichi Takahashi
Tadashi Tanaka
Akira Yamamoto
Written bySion Sono
StarringAmi Tomite
Mariko Tsutsui
Edited byJun'ichi Itō
Distributed byNikkatsu
Release date
Running time
76 minutes

Antiporno (アンチポルノ), also known as Anti-Porno, is a 2016 Japanese drama film directed by Sion Sono. It was released by Nikkatsu as the fourth film in the reboot of its Roman Porno ("romantic pornography"[1]) series.[2] Other directors involved in the series include Hideo Nakata, Akihiko Shiota, Kazuya Shiraishi, and Isao Yukisada.[3]


Kyōko (Ami Tomite) is a renowned artist and writer trapped in a solitary gilded cage of her own success where she speaks to the phantom memory of her dead sister Noriko (Mariko Tsutsui). Her assistant Noriko arrives to help her prepare to be interviewed by a prominent lifestyle magazine. Wrestling with nausea and self-doubt, she alleviates her insecurities by subjecting her older assistant to a series of ritual humiliations in front of the others.
A director yells "Cut!" and it is revealed that the two women were playing parts in a pornographic film. Noriko reveals herself to be a prima donna who is frustrated with the fledgling actress Kyōko's amateurish ineptitude and subjects her to humiliations mirroring those in the scripted scene. The layers of the two actresses' true personalities and Kyōko's background are revealed over the course of repeated performances of the scene.



The film premiered at the L’Étrange Festival in France [1] on September 7, 2016, and was later released in Japan on January 28, 2017.


At its premiere at the L’Étrange Festival in France it was praised for its feminist take on sexuality.[1] The film has a 78% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[4] James Marsh of the South China Morning Post writes that "Sono's effort is easily the most ambitious entry yet in the series of re-imagined softcore entertainments. Not only does it challenge gender roles within the Japanese film industry – and in the country as a whole – but the film also attempts to deconstruct cinema as a voyeuristic narrative medium."[5] He compares it to Sono's previous efforts, finding that it rises "above the director’s previous attempts to champion feminist protagonists".[5] Ela Bittencourt of Slant Magazine writes that "Cruelty, masochism, parental abuse (in the painter’s flashbacks) and schadenfreude of all kinds fuel this feverish op-art dream that turns on us at every corner."[6]


  1. ^ a b c Acevedo, Yoselin. "Anti-Porno Trailer: Sion Sono Returns with Feminist Take on Sexuality - IndieWire".
  2. ^ Schilling, Mark (27 October 2016). "TIFFCOM: Nikkatsu's 'Roman Porno' Package Finds Reboot Success".
  3. ^ "Antiporno [JIFF 2017] – Review".
  4. ^ Antiporno (Anchiporuno), retrieved 2018-02-12
  5. ^ a b "Film review: Antiporno – Sion Sono's roman porno homage".
  6. ^ "Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2016: Honoring Masao Adachi, Anti-Porno, We Are the Flesh, & More - The House Next Door - Slant Magazine".

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