LOVE & PEACE
Directed by Sion Sono
Official Selection, 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Bucheon International Film Festival
What superhuman makes six movies in one year? Somewhere in the pantheon of film gods, Sion Sono looks down on all lesser mortals and laughs hysterically. Then returns to delivering a half-dozen of the most unusual, shoot-for-the-stars films around. Weird, surprising, full of love, and penned from a script Sono developed 20 years ago, LOVE & PEACE happens to be one of his best. It is also simultaneously his most charming and outrageous – no small feat from a director whose last international hit was a hip-hop musical featuring Genghis Khan outfits and human furniture.
How to summarize a rags-to-riches crescendo of kaiju and rock anthems, featuring the most awesome turtle to crash the big screen? One synopsis might describe Ryoichi, a debased salaryman who confesses his David Bowie dreams to his only friend, a tiny turtle whom he shamefully flushes down the toilet. Or a mysterious subterranean drunkard who gives the turtle the power to grant wishes. Or the epic battle between love and ego escalated to Godzilla proportions. Maybe a synopsis would list irreverently analog special effects, talking stuffed animals, and pop ballads written by Sono himself.
Nah. LOVE AND PEACE, one of the most original movies of our time, needs only four words.
Pet. Turtle. Rock. Opera.
Peace be with you. –Christina Ree
Co-presented by: Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana