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Celebrated abroad for films that mash up everything from extreme sex and gore to Christian imagery and classical music, Sion Sono has emerged as one of the most distinctive directors in Japanese cinema this century.

His breakthrough came in 2001 with “Suicide Club,” in which 54 teenage girls kill themselves en masse, and he has since directed films such as “Love Exposure” (2008),a four-hour tour de force whose hero is an “upskirt” photographer, and “Himizu” (2011), a near-future dystopian drama themed on that year’s nuclear disaster.

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