is a controversial Japanese filmmaker
and poet. He was born in Toyokawa
, Japan, and is best known for his films as well as avant-garde poetry
Sono began his career as a poet in 1978 when he was only 17 years old. His poems appeared in popular Japanese publications such as The Modern Poem Book. Afterwards, he enrolled in Hosei University
, but left school in mid-course and began making 8 mm films. In 1985, he debuted in the PIA Film Festival
with a 30-min experimental short movie, I Am Sion Sono!!
(Ore wa Sion Sono da!!
), a selection of his poetry being read by him on the screen. In 1987, he participated with the movie A Man's Hanamichi
(Otoko no Hanamichi
), and won the Grand Prize.
After receiving a fellowship with the PIA
, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs
), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred himself. A coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, Bicycle Sighs
settled Sono as a director with great box office success in Japan, and for nearly two years was played over 30 film festivals around Europe and Asia.<!-- Deleted image removed: -->In 1992, Sono's second feature film The Room
), also written by himself, a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district, participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival
and won the Special Jury Prize. The Room
also toured on 49... Read More