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Written&Directed by SONO SION
  • 13th TOKYO FILMeX
  • 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Nippon Connection
  • New York Asian Film Festival
  • Puchon International Film Festival
  • Fantasia International Film Festival

Near the end of the 20th century on Tokyo’s Chuo train line, just before Hong Kong’s return to Chinese control, masses of people go on a rampage, and love runs wild.


"BAD FILM" is a legendary production that was shot in 1995 over the course of the year, but went unfinished due to funding difficulties. This year, over 150 hours of footage captured on the now obsolete format Hi-8(8-millimeter high resolution video), was re-edited to create a stunning work of cinema. Its concept: "Near the end of the 20th century on Tokyo's Chuo train line, just before Hong Kong's return to Chinese control, masses of people go on a rampage, and love runs wild." Its premise sees Koenji being taken over by Chinese, and running battles erupting on a tremendous scale between Japanese vigilantes and foreigners on the Chuo Line, Shinjuku, and elsewhere. Most of the cast are members of Tokyo GAGAGA, a performance collective formed by director SONO Sion in 1993. A succession of awe-inspiring setpieces unfold that would normally be regarded as impossible to accomplish, such as a massive brawl shot guerilla-style inside the first Chuo Line train of the morning, and a crowd scene in front of the Shinjuku Alta building for which over 100 extras were mobilized. Let it be called a masterwork that encapsulates every element found in SONO's films to date.

Director's Profile : SONO SION

Director Sion Sono has attracted both domestic and international acclaim through his recent run of films: "Cold Fish"(Venice 2010) and "Guilty of Romance"(Cannes 2011) and "Himizu", which won the Marcello Mastroianni Award(Best New Actor Award) for the main actor, Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido. His films continue to attract large amounts of attention both domestically and internationally. The Land of Hope was awarded NETPAC Best Asian Film at Toronto International Film Festival 2012.


Written and directed by SONO SION
Excective Producer: Mizue Kunizane Producer: Hiromitsu Senoo
HD/Japanese, Chinese, English/colour/161min/2012
Production: Dongyu Club / pictures dept.
© 2012 Dongyu Club / pictures dept. / Sono SIon