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Japan | 2015 | 85 minutes | Sion Sono

Gonzo Japanese director Sion Sono's latest starts when a busload of schoolgirls suffer a gruesome, darkly comic demise, sending the sole survivor into a nightmarish world of lake monsters, murderous wind, bloody weddings, and back-flipping pig men.

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Director Sion Sono's (Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Suicide Club) Tag combines gory exploitation with psychological horror in this rapid-fire trip down the rabbit hole. An opening aerial shot of a school bus winding through a mountain highway introduces us to Mitsuko, a quiet girl whose intense focus on her poetry writing happens to save her from an unexplainable and blood-soaked accident. Traumatized and alone, Mitsuko wanders down the road, littered in severed torsos, and makes it to a school campus, where the only one she recognizes is her best friend Aki. The rest of the film is a nonstop journey through a nightmarish dreamscape full of lake monsters, murderous wind, bloody weddings, and back-flipping pig men as Mitsuko's identity physically shifts and embodies several different women she's never even met. The only constant is Aki, with the girls' friendship and loyalty providing a solid emotional core to an otherwise deranged situation. Tag transcends genres—being at once a campy high-speed action film, a friendship drama, and a hyper-violent horror B-movie, as well as a feminist meditation on the lack of agency of women in media.

Director Biography
Sion Sono has enjoyed a unique career in the Japanese arts world as a film director, author, and poet. Many of his works have achieved cult status for their graphic violence and bloody styles that evoke traditional Japanese anime. His films tend to focus on marginalized teenagers and young adults.

Sponsored by Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Scarecrow Video

  • Original Language Title: Real Oni Gokko
  • Director: Sion Sono
  • Principal Cast: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Masayuki Tanishima, Ryuichiro Inagaki, Takahiro Ohno
  • Screenplay: Sion Sono
  • Cinematographers: Maki Ito
  • Editors: Junichi Ito
  • Music: Tomonobu Kikuchi
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Fantasia Film Festival 2015 (Best Film, Actress)
  • Filmography: The Whispering Star (2015); Love & Peace (2015); The Virgin Psychics (2015); Tokyo Tribe (2014); Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (2013); The Land of Hope (2012); Himizu (2011); Guilty of Romance (2011); Cold Fish (2010); Love Exposure (2008); EXTE: Hair Extensions (2007); Suicide Club (2001)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Shochiku Co., Ltd.