Spotlight on Japan: Ore wa Sono Sion da!

Sion Sono’s Ore wa Sono Sion da! (literally I Am Sion Sono!) is without a doubt the weirdest film I will ever review. In fact, it’s certainly one of the most bizarre movies I will ever even see. That’s a big thing to say, but I hope I can make you believe the same way by the time you have finished reading this review. Because of this “oddness”, I would like to avoid giving it a rating, but I guess I have to give it something to make it more interesting.

The first few minutes of the short film feature Sono speaking to the camera, introducing himself and telling the time of the recording in various places. That is followed by a short poem in each take. That sounds like a cool thing to do, right? It is logical even if fragmented. Then suddenly, without warning, Sono shoots the streets and starts running around the city madly. This naturally means he’s waving the camera around like crazy. Combined with poor quality of the film, this means you are witnessing an incomprehensible mess for a long time. He keeps running around for a minute or two. Finally he ends up in a telephone booth which he uses to call a friend so that they can meet up. At this point the film completely loses itself into randomness.

Soon after that Sono cuts to a scene where he is “interviewing” this friend of his. This long sequence consists of his constant bullying of the girl by pushing her around and screaming to her in a weird voice. The girl does find it a bit funny so it makes one think this is staged, but I can’t be sure since even the girl seems to be quite confused at the same time. All sorts of teasing and bullying the girl dominate the film for 5-10 minutes. What follows that involves fragments of a naked Sono, bloody statues, huge and empty rooms, repeated use of certain takes and completely bizarre imagery joined loosely together by the editing.

The whole short film is formally just one chaotic mess. When the camera is static, the compositions are more or less screwed up and random. When the camera is moving, it zooms in and out erratically and it’s a really bad example of the point-and-shoot tactic. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what is going on thanks to the bad camera movement. The editing is even worse. Jump cuts aren’t used for artistic merit, but to hide failures in takes. This is visible in the sequence with the girl since you can even seen Sono coming for the camera so that they can reshoot the take or continue it in a weird way. He uses all the footage he has shot without leaving anything out – hence the film doesn’t really have any sort of unity, anything to connect all the fragments.

If you really want to see something this terrible, you can only find it on the Internet if you look hard enough. Even I have trouble finding anything of value in this film – maybe it’s the fact that it is made by a young Sono Sion and it features occasionally weird imagery that I was interested in it in the first place.


About Oz
A Finnish film buff who has taken a huge interest in language and Japanese cinema. Can be contacted via email (, Twitter (@OzymandiasJL) and a Private Message on EvaGeeks (Oz).

3 Responses to Spotlight on Japan: Ore wa Sono Sion da!

  1. O-chan says:

    This sounds soooo bizarre. But that last image you’ve posted looks nice. The colour pleases me, anyway. And the shot of that big empty room. Reminds me of a nightmare I had.

    I kind of want to see this now just because it seems so bizarre.

  2. Thanks for the comment, miss O. I’ll send you a PM on EvaGeeks with the link if you really want to see it.

  3. I am fascinated with the work of Sion Sono. That’s the reason why I’m here, reading about his first documentary. You have the link yet? I would greatly appreciate if you could send to me. Greetings from México and thanks for this post!

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