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BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A

Japan, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Brain Monkey Sushi)

Director: Takashi Miike

“Homoerotic prison life acts as an inscrutable metaphor for what's wrong with modern Japan.” - Variety

Jun leads an isolated life working in a gay bar but after being brutalised by a customer who picks him up, Jun goes into a frenzy and kills him. This single violent act leads Jun to a prison where he meets Shin, an equally violent young man who takes him under his wing before another brutal murder changes everything.

MIFF regular, Miike Takashi, known internationally for his transgressive depictions of violence and sexual perversion, once again pushes the boundaries in exploring these themes, this time via Jean Genet and R.W. Fassbinder. Big Bang Love ventures into the dark side of Japanese culture while maintaining a meaningful and soulful centre.

“Miike Takashi is well known for films that make a decisive break with taboos and conventions, and for his ruthlessly graphic portrayal of violence. In this film, however, he is also keen to find an explanation for the outbreak of violence.” - Berlin International Film Festival

D Miike Takashi P Takeshi Watanabe, Shiro Sasaki S Masa Nakamura
WS Shochiku Co. Ltd L Japanese w/English subtitles
TD 35mm/2006/85mins

Miike Takashi was born in Yao, Japan, in 1960. His films include Audition (MIFF 2000), Izo (MIFF 2005) and The Great Yokai War (MIFF 2006).

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