Love Exposure is a 2008 Japanese film written and directed by the controversial filmmaker Sion Sono (Cold Fish, Guilty of Romance). The film gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its four-hour duration and controversial themes including love, family, lust, religion, cults, cross dressing and the art of upskirt photography – yup, all these are covered! At the Berlin International Film Festival, it won the Caligari Film Award and the FIPRESCI Prize.
From Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is about “Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad’s affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father’s increased religious zeal. One sin (taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians) becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he’s saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman. On cue, the narrative introduces feisty schoolgirl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima), who loathes men and enjoys beating them up for their moronic attitudes.”
From this description, you can tell that this is not your average or normal movie, even for Japanese standards. The movie has its funny moments, in a weird way.