“Antiporno” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

29 November, 2017

Director: Sion Sono
Screenwriter: Sion Sono
Director of Photography: Maki Ito
Ami TomiteMariko TsutsuiAsami

Synopsis: A newly discovered porn star, whose experiences growing up in a sex-negative household cause her to develop a fascination with taboo subjects, struggles to play the part in a film involving an abusive artist and her compliant assistant.

Antiporno Review:

Screaming in the battle to be heard, “Antiporno” is a soft-core comedy with a voyeuristic overtone, using the kinky lens of pornography to frame performative bedlam while testing the acting range of capable and accommodating film stars. Baring all in a savage kind of performance theatre, the film’s seductive stars find themselves placed precariously in the museum of cinema which views them as multifaceted riddles with impish temperaments, adoring their bodies and switching up their roles while both confusing and rousing viewers in the build up to a spontaneous political statement.

Confined to interiors and gasping for air, “Antiporno” quite literally drills a hole through its roof with a saw, spurning suppression and pre-determined codes of conduct as the hypocrisy of expectation comes under fire through a frenzy of ripened sexuality. Unapologetically critical of Japan’s treatment of sex and sexual expression and aggressively ripping off the band-aid as collars, whips, and strap-ons thrust their way into focus, the movie addresses the affliction in confliction, reassessing pre-existing perversions in a liberating journey of cultural self-discovery and social acceptance.

Trapped in a box and surrounded by stark imagery and violent metaphors, “Antiporno” sees toilets, cameras, and broken mirrors translate better than a perplexing script, putting the ‘art’ in articulation as seasoned auteur Sion Sono refers back to his own filmography while producing another subversive think piece, adding to an already arresting body of work while once again proving his filmmaking proficiency in unique and creative ways. Barely an experiment by Sono’s standards yet still a baffling watch for even the most hardened of cinemagoers, the film is both an exercise in self-indulgence and deranged treat, settling somewhere in the middle before drowning in buckets of paint in a finale designed to free everyone from the headache of a hush-hush mindset.


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