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When Martin Scorsese or Alfonso Cuaron announce they’re releasing their latest films on Netflix, it’s apt to prompt hand-wringing among purists. But for Sion Sono, the arch provocateur of Japanese cinema, it’s more like he has found his natural habitat.

Streaming services give Sono an opportunity to vent the darker impulses he’s had to keep in check during his multiple forays into commercial filmmaking. In many ways, he’s a natural fit: His trademark blend of hysterical schlock and alternately rambling and raving narratives has always felt like a drunken soap opera, making it perfect for late-night binging.

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