by Chris MaGee
To say that Sion Sono has fast become one of the hottest directors in Japan at the moment would be an understatement. While he is definitely not a newcomer to Japan's independent film scene, having made 17 films since his debut with 1990's "Bicycle Sighs", one of the biggest reasons for Sono's recent superstar status is his 2008 epic "Love Exposure" Since its release every new Sono project has become that much more of a hot property. Having already followed up "Love Exposure" with the ultra-violent true crime film "Cold Fish" news now comes of another new film by Sono that is just finishing production.
The Hollywood Reporter this week ran a story that Sono is just finishing up shooting on a new film entitled "Guilty of Romance". Not much has been revealed about the plot of the film or the cast yet except two things - it starts with the discovery of a woman's dismembered corpse being found attached to a wooden mannequin in a warehouse, and that the film will include "hard sex scenes". How hard? We can assume that they will be pretty hard as Yuko Shiomaki, the head of Pictures Dept. the company who along with Nikkatsu are producing "Guilty of Romance", was quoted as saying that the sex in the film will make its release "very sensitive in Japan".
We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this new Sion Sono film as more details are released. Thanks to Wildgrounds for giving us the heads up about this.