LOVE & PEACE (Chicago Premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.


Describing a Sion Sono film is always a challenge, but this time, the creator of the masterpieces LOVE EXPOSURE and SUICIDE CLUB surpasses himself! With LOVE & PEACE, he fuses together tokusatsu films, the musical and fantastic comedy, throwing in talking toys that inhabit a fairlyland in the Tokyo sewers and casting a critical but loving eye on contemporary Japan. Dusting off a 20-year-old script of his, Sono poured his heart into LOVE & PEACE, for which he composed a few catchy numbers, and kept the special effects old-school for Pikadon and his toybox pals. LOVE & PEACE is a funny, touching and deliciously strange feel-good flick (written by Nicolas Archambault)


Ryoichi, a disgraced musician, is treated with contempt by his co-workers at the third-rate company where he toils. To bring a little light into his miserable life, he adopts a tiny turtle, which he names Pikadon. With this new companion, Ryoichi’s spirits are lifted enough to rekindle his musical dreams, but the day he brings Pikadon to work, his colleagues force him to flush the reptile down the toilet. Ryoichi is devastated, but his obsession with the animal, oddly, brings him back to music. Meanwhile, Pikadon’s journey through the sewage system leads him to a strange fellow who takes abandoned toys and animals under his wing. The old man even gives them the means to talk. However, a ludicrous mistake invests the Pikadon with the potential for incredible growth. Pikadon and Ryoichi are destined to reconnect in a wild frenzy of love, rock ’n’ roll and collateral damage.



Digital Projection, 117mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
January 8th at 8:00pm
January 10th at 7:00pm
Ticket price: $9.00

Love & Peace is one of three Sion Sono films screening as part of this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. Credit: Fantasia.

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