Excerpt: In films as diverse as his four-hour epic Love Exposure and his dark serial-killer drama Cold Fish , Sion Sono's characters struggle mightily and extravagantly through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Combined with his love of pushing the envelope of taste with the stories he tells, his films often play like exhausting emotional assaults, operatic in their intensity.
Summary: If you’re going to make a two-plus hour film about the depressing life of a 14-year-old boy, you’ve got to make me care. Himizu does not do that, preferring to parade around its needlessly exaggerated characters, irrational bouts of behaviour and plot threads that weave together like the wad of hair that clogs your shower’s drain. An unsatisfying test of my patience.