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Guilty of Romonce

Written & Directed by Sion Sono
  • Cannes International Film Festival – Directors’ Fortnight – 2011
  • 60th Melbourne International Film Festival 2011
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2011
  • 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011
  • 16th Busan International Film Festival 2011


The new crime noir from the award winning director Sion 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.

Director's Profile : Sion Sono

Born in 1961, Sion Sono first became noticed as a poet when he started publishing experimental poetry in 1978, at the age of 17.  He dropped out of university to make 8mm films. His debut film, a 30 min short called I AM SION SONO! played at the PIA Film Festival in 1985. It consisted of him reading his poetry onscreen. In 1987 he competed in the festival with A MAN’S HANAMICHI and won the Grand Prize. In 1990 he debuted his first feature, BICYCLE SIGHS, which played in numerous festivals around the world. THE ROOM, his 1992 feature won a Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival. In 1997, he staged a guerilla street poetry project, “Tokyo GAGAGA”, which attracted a lot of attention and resulted in a book being published about the project. He gained instant international notoriety for his film SUICIDE CLUB released in 2001. He followed up with a Suicide Club novel, Manga, and film telling the story of several side characters from the original, called NORIKO’S DINNER TABLE. In 2007, his film EXTE played the NYAFF and many other countries.

“Love Exposure” (released in 2009) won the Agnes B Award at the 9th Tokyo Filmex (2008), awarded by the audiences vote. It was also shown at the 59th Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Caligari Film prize and Overseas Critic League Prize.

Sion Sono as well as being the maverick of the Japanese film industry is highly active in free style youth orientated pleasures, such as horror, poetry and novels.

Sono’s latest film "COLD FISH" (2010) became internationally acclaimed masterpiece and it has been officially selected to Venice Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Pusan Film Festivals, awarded CASA Asia Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges International Fantastic F.F. 2010. He is currently in shooting of his next project “GUILTY OF ROMANCE” which is considered to be final episode of “HATE” saga. (Love Exposure, Cold Fish and Guilty Of Romance)


35mm/Japanese/149 min/colour/2011
Written and Directed by Sion Sono
Miki Mizuno/Makoto Togashi/Megumi Kagurazaka
© 2011 Guilty of Romance Film Partners

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