Love Exposure

Synopsis: Three emotionally abused people from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. Yuu, a Catholic boy searching for true love ends up taking erotic photographs of women in public until he discovers Yoko, whom he sees as his Virgin Mary. Yoko, an antifamily, misandristic girl finds that her foster mother will be marrying Yuu's father. Koike, an "original sinner", coordinates a plan to convert Yuu's family to her cult. Under her careful direction, their lives come crashing together in one fateful street fight.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Sion Sono
Production: Omega Project
  17 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
237 min

Produced by

Omega Project, Anne Entertainment

Studio Three Co-production

Based on a true account.

Chapter I - Yu

A long time ago when I was little,

I always watched my mother pray.

Holy virgin Maria,

mother of Jesus Christ.

Pray for us sinners

when possible.

Pray for us now. Pray for us

when we're dying.

Your Grace, Mother of Jesus.

I remember her beautiful face.

Blessed virgin Maria, chosen one.

What is it, Yu?

Come to me.

I remember the

beautiful statue of Maria.

Everything was holy...

Thank you, Father, for your love, for

providing the food on the table.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Are you okay?

I'm fine. Shall we eat?

Blessed by Jesus Christ.

Virgin Maria, Mother of Jesus.

Pray for us sinners

when possible.

Rest your weary ones.

Bless your dying ones.

There's a possibility that

I'll be going away on a trip.

On a trip?

Can you take care of yourself?

I want you to keep this for me.

Virgin Maria...

Find a woman just like her to marry.

Introduce her to me when

you find her.

Yes, I promise.

It's a promise then.

Jesus, Maria, and Joseph...

In your mercy, look with love

on our dying loved one.

Mother died when I was in grade school.


She said she was going on a trip.

Did she...

Dad decided to become a priest then.

I grew up watching him

dedicate himself to the Bible.

During that time I realised that

Mother hadn't...

gone away on a trip but had died.

I remember the day Dad became

a priest, not just a Christian.

And we

moved out of our family home

into the parsonage.

Here you go.

This is heavy...

Are we done?


We're doing fine.

My Dad, the priest.

He became known for being

gentle and caring.

His interesting sermons made him popular.

The charity bake sale would be

considered a success if

I 00% of the participants

thought it was a great event.

We were happy then.

Heavenly Father, thank you for this

food, we ask you to bless it...

Thank you for watching

over us, amen.

We had a peaceful life.

Until she came along.

Remember when you

were helped by others...

On that day...

It helps us to remember that

we're being loved by God.

When we remember that...

we know that we have support

and are loved.

We can always hear the whisper

of Jesus in our ears.

"Go and do the same to

your neighbours."

But who are your neighbours?

Don't be selective.

Help and support everybody equally...

Can I help you?

Are you okay?

This is the first time I've

come to a church.

I've never thought about God.

I'm ashamed.

You shouldn't be.

Everybody's like that at first.

When I listened to your

heartfelt sermon...

I couldn't help crying.

Oh, you're so kind.

Make me a Christian, please.

I suggest you take it slowly.

No! I can't wait, I want it now!

You shouldn't rush things.

It is wonderful that

you're asking for God's help.

Have you ever read the Holy Bible?


First, take your time

and read it carefully.


Can you teach me?

Miss, are you okay?

Hello, are you okay?

Thank you.

Father! Father!


I bought it! I've read I 2 pages!

The passages around here...

I was so moved.

From that day on

she came to see Dad everyday.

Love should never betray.

She didn't miss a single day.

Wish for your blessing.

Never have ill feelings.

Read from this sentence.

Respect each other.

Do so willingly.

By serving the Lord, you live in

hope and endure hardships...


Can I go to confession too?

Yes, once you become a Christian

you can go anytime.

Just the 2 of us...


Just you and me in that

tiny room, right?


Kaori Fujiwara.

In the name of the Father, the son

and the Holy Spirit...

I baptise you.

In no time she'd become a Christian.

I know it's sudden but

I have a confession to make.

Father, I'm in love.


But he isn't allowed to

fall in love.

But it's already too late.

Do you understand?

Can you feel my heart beating?

Sorry but you have to go.

Father, listen to my confession!

If you turn away from me,

I'll kill myself.

Please listen to me.

What can I do...?

I'm in love with you.

I know, I really am a hopeless woman.

What can I do about it?

Please listen to my confession.

Thank you.

If you don't mind...


Can I have your cell phone number?


I need to see you now.

Meet me at that park nearby.

What is it?

What do you want with me?

I love you!

Let me go.


You smell so nice...

- Don't do this!

- Hold me, here and now!

Stop this, let go!

Hit me more!


Hit me! I'm such a bad girl!


Dad rented a house

away from the church.

We all moved there.

Catholic priests can't marry.

It was a hideout for them.

Dad told me to move my things

into the new house.

When I was packing I threw out

lots of mementoes.

Except for Maria.

Do, Re, Mi...

Sukiyaki for dinner?

Fa, So...

Don't we look happy?

Yeah, sure...

Thank you, Father, for

the food on the table.

In the name of the Lord Jesus.

- Amen

- Yes, amen!

Well let's eat!


Give me strength.

I need you to help me now.

Lord, you have eternal mercy.

Don't abandon your creations.

The Zero Church is a

controversial new religion.

It boasts some 500,000 believers.

Their spiritual leader is

a man known as "Zero."

Under his command...

Soon our life with her began to

fall apart.

Oh, the Zero Church.

These cult religions are terrible.


Well you're quite corrupt yourself.

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Sion Sono

Sion Sono (園 子温, Sono Shion, born December 18, 1961) is a Japanese filmmaker, author and poet. Best known on the festival circuit for the film Love Exposure (2008), he has been called "the most subversive filmmaker working in Japanese cinema today". more…

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