Sion SONO 園子温

Bad Film


Nippon Visions   ½ 

Near the end of the 20th century, on Tokyo's Chuo train line, just before Hong Kong's handover to Chinese control, masses of people go on a rampage, and love runs wild. BAD FILM is a legendary production that was shot in 1995, but remained unfinished due to funding difficulties. In 2012, SONO edited 150 hours of footage to create a stunning masterwork that encapsulates every element found in his films to date.

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Bad Film (NC 2013)


Japan 2012

161 minutes



About Sion SONO

Sion SONO was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1961. Having experimented with 8mm film during his studies at Hosei University, he won the Grand Prize at the 1987 PIA Film Festival for his film A MAN’S FLOWER ROAD. His international rise to fame came with LOVE EXPOSURE (2008 / NC ’09). Since then, he has won numerous awards. THE WHISPERING STAR (2015 / NC ’16 and NC ’20) won the NETPAC Award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Nippon Connection dedicated a retrospective to his work in 2011.