Friday, March 23, 2012
Hola Readers! How are you all doing? Ready for the weekend? If you're looking for something to do, I just watched a DVD called "Love Exposure". Hmm, what does that title bring to mind? Perhaps something kinky or perverse? Well, you're on the right track if that was your first thought, however if that's all you thought of, then you're selling the movie short.
I like to keep an open mind when watching foreign and art type films, at least give them a try and then decide after if I liked it or not. With this movie it was a mixed bag for me. The movie does indeed focus on a young man who becomes an upskirt panty picture expert, but the story is guided in such a way that the character is actually quite innocent and comical in his ways. Besides this comical aspect, there is also some action, drama and underneath it all a love story. Because of the way the panty mania was handled it really doesn't come across as erotic or naughty as it could have, something done on purpose I'm sure to keep the character likable. The most erotic image is one of the love interest touching herself through her panties while fantasizing on her bed alone at night (as seen in the second pic above, lower left corner). This scene lasts only a few seconds, but was highly, um, stimulating to me.
The movie is not for the faint of heart or those who can't dedicate themselves to a story as it is quite drawn out. Don't get me wrong, the story takes all these twists and turns and keeps moving along, but the sheer length of the film is daunting for those with short attention spans; I think it was around four hours total. I had to split it up into several days as there was no one chunk of time I could dedicate to watching this thing in a single sitting. If you do as I did and split it up, I'd suggest you watch it on consecutive days so that you don't lose track of the story line. Oh, and it's in Japanese with English subtitles, so you'll be doing some reading as well. It was pretty easy to keep up though, not like some movies that give you so much to read that you end up missing the picture or some of the wording.
I don't think there's a panty freak out there who could resist watching this movie for obvious reasons, but it's a good mix of elements that could keep even a non pervert interested. Also as I said, the perverted parts are kind of handled in a comical way so as not to turn the whole thing evil or a straight up porn movie. If you want to see a real porno you already know where to get that, this one is not like that at all. You might get a raised eyebrow if you bring this home to a female audience to watch, but I think the story will draw her in and she will end up realizing it's not totally what the title brings to mind at first.