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Title: Shion Sono's GUILTY OF ROMANCE (KOI NO TSUMI)


Sheldon Warnock - February 9, 2011 05:37 PM (GMT)
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Above is a sales poster for Shion Sono's Guilty of Romance (Koi no tsumi). Linked to below is a set of four stills from the movie.

The screenplay for Guilty of Romance was written by Sono. The movie stars (listed order corresponds to order on official website) Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima (first listing), Satoshi Nikaido, RyŻju Kobayashi, Shingo Gotsuji, Motoki Fukami, Chika Uchida, Marie Machida (Machida MarÓ), RyŰ Iwamatsu, Hisako ‘kata, and Kanji Tsuda.

Here's a description of Guilty of Romance from the production: "The new crime noir from the award-winning director Shion Sono. ∂ Three women are entangled in a mystery... that is the gate to a hellbound love like no other. ∂ Just before the turn of the 21st century, a grisly murder occurred in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya - a love hotel district. A woman was found dead in a derelict apartment in the pouring rain. ∂ This is a dramatic account of three women and their lives, seen through the looking glass of sex, words, madness, death, and family. Bombarding the audience with graphic images and assaulting the emotions with classical music, this is a movie that provokes all your senses."

Nikkatsu Corporation (Nikkatsu K.K.) plans to release Guilty of Romance theatrically in Japan some time later this year.

BTW, roughly forty years ago, ‘kata appeared in Katsu Kanai's The Desert Archipelago (Mujin rettŰ), Good-Bye, and The Kingdom (‘koku).

Guilty of Romance still #01 (JPEG)

Guilty of Romance still #02 (JPEG)

Guilty of Romance still #03 (JPEG)

Guilty of Romance still #04 (JPEG)

Guilty of Romance official website

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YouTube: The Desert Archipelago clip

The Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow: The Desert Archipelago review

The Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow: The Kingdom review


News source: GOMORRAHY.com: Trailer Park subsite

Sheldon Warnock - March 22, 2011 11:58 AM (GMT)
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"The woman is... carnally indecent."

Distribution rights for Guilty of Romance are being offered for sale by Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd. (K.K. Pikuch‚zu Deputo).

BTW, here's something that I wrote last month regarding "Shion Sono" vs. "Sion Sono":
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There is more than one system for romanizing Japanese. "Shion Sono" (w/ 'shi') wrote the screenplay for and directed a movie the Japanese title of which is romanized as "Koi no tsumi" (w/ 'tsu'); "Sion Sono" (w/ 'si') wrote the screenplay for and directed a movie the Japanese title of which is romanized as "Koi no tumi" (w/ 'tu'). Note that the URL for the official website for Guilty of Romance is http://www.koi-tumi.com/ (w/ 'tu'); that is consistent with the use of "Sion" (w/ 'si').

Sheldon Warnock - April 21, 2011 08:54 PM (GMT)

Sheldon Warnock - May 15, 2011 06:04 AM (GMT)
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Above is a new sales poster for Guilty of Romance; linked to below is an English-subtitled clip from the movie.

Here's a synopsis for Guilty of Romance from international sales agent Films Boutique: "Izumi is married to a famous romantic novelist but their life seems just a simple repetition without romance. One day, she decides to follow her desires and accepts to be a naked model that fakes sex in front of the camera. Soon she meets a mentor and starts selling her body to strangers but at home, she is still the wife she is supposed to be. One day a brutally murdered body is found in the love hotels district. The police tries to understand what happened."

Note that the Japanese theatrical version of Guilty of Romance has a running time of 144 minutes (according to Eirin (Eiga Rinri Iinkai / Film Classification and Rating Committee)), whereas the "international version" of it has a running time of only 112 minutes (according to Films Boutique).

YouTube: Guilty of Romance English-subtitled clip

YouTube: Guilty of Romance teaser trailer

Guilty of Romance official website

Pictures Dept.: Guilty of Romance

Films Boutique: Guilty of Romance

Sheldon Warnock - May 16, 2011 03:50 AM (GMT)

Sheldon Warnock - May 19, 2011 07:31 PM (GMT)

Sheldon Warnock - August 13, 2011 08:52 PM (GMT)
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A theatrical trailer for Guilty of Romance has been added to YouTube.

BTW, the official subsite for Sono's Himizu is online, although at present it's just a home page. That movie is set to have its world premiŤre in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31st to September 10th.

YouTube: Guilty of Romance theatrical trailer

YouTube: Guilty of Romance teaser trailer

YouTube: Guilty of Romance English-subtitled clip #3

YouTube: Guilty of Romance English-subtitled clip #2

YouTube: Guilty of Romance English-subtitled clip #1

Guilty of Romance official website

Variety: Guilty of Romance review

The Hollywood Reporter: Guilty of Romance review

Screen Daily: Guilty of Romance review

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Himizu official subsite


News source: The Gomorrahizer (source of Shion Sono-related news for over half a decade!)

Eric Cotenas - November 27, 2011 12:55 AM (GMT)
working on a review of the Eureka Video DVD release (a Blu is also streeting on the 28th).




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