“Sion Sono’s poetry questions enjoyment and its function within contemporary Japanese society with ultra-violent precision. This is, in other words, Sion Sono at its finest.”
With Tokyo Vampire Hotel, Sion Sono finally found his chance to turn his childhood fascination, which started when he watched the 1958 cult classic Dracula starring Christopher Lee as a child – into a cinematographical product (General-note 1).
“The cinematographical lyricism – poetics by movement and poetics by the signifier – (…) masterly isolates the problematic nature of male sexual enjoyment and the hypocrite situation of a male-dominant society professing freedom.”
Given Sion Sono’s track record of creating movies that turn around sexuality (Guilty of Romance (2011)) and aggression (Suicide circle (2002)), and investigate, often poetically, human nature and society, it should not have come as a surprise that Nikkatsu invited Sono to create a roman-porno to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno label.