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Preview: The Virgin Psychics

I am psychic! You are psychic! Everyone is psychic… but still virgin!

Hot on the heels of his new movie, TAG, master filmmaker Sion Sono returns to the big screen with THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS, another film full of laughs and love through the eyes of a virgin teenager who wishes to become a hero by saving the world with his suddenly acquired psychic power. Based on the manga by Kiminori Wakasugi (Detroit Metal City), the film is an adaptation of the TV series (also directed by Sono), which received 2013 Galaxy Honors for programs recommended.

Shota Sometani, the winner of the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival for his performance in HIMIZU, plays the geeky virgin psychic. Sometani previously starred in THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS television series as well as LESSON OF THE EVIL and the PARASYTE film series. The cast also includes Elaiza Ikeda (HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT) and Erina Mano (SPEC: CLOSE ~INCARNATION/REINCARNATION~, THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR, SHINJUKU SWAN, TAG).

Sion Sono co-wrote the screenplay with THE VIRGIN PSYCHICS television series writer Shinichi Tanaka. The film’s music was composed by longtime collaborator Tomohide Harada (HIMIZU, COLD FISH, LOVE EXPLOSURE). Hajime Kanda (YAKUZA APOCALYPSE) is the Director of Photography.

Synopsis

A high-school student named Yoshiro Kamogawa (Shota Sometani) has never had the spotlight in his life and spends his days aimlessly. What only shines in his life is a girl named Sae Asami (Erina Mano) at his school. Even while being completely disregarded by her, he still dreams of becoming her true love in the future.

One day, he receives a mind-reading psychic power. As he looks around, there seem to be more psychics born in the city, and somehow they are all virgins! One uses his psychokinetic power to fulfill his sexual desire, another turns into a flasher using teleportation ability…

With the arrival of the psychics like Yoshiro, the city gets gradually infested with the erotic terrorism evoked by a mysterious group. Knowing he has never received any attention from the girl of his dreams, Yoshiro determines to use his power to save the world from this steamy chaos and show off what he has got to the love of his life!

About Director Sion Sono

Sion Sono was born in Aichi, Japan in 1961. In 1990, his BICYCLE SIGHS premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sono’s shocking film SUICIDE CLUB won the Jury Prize for Most Ground-Breaking Film at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2003. In 2009, LOVE EXPOSURE won FIPRESCI Prize and Caligari Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival. His next film, COLD FISH, world-premiered at Orizzonti in the Venice International Film Festival 2010, and GUILTY OF ROMANCE premiered at the Canne’s Directors’ Fortnight 2011. In the same year, HIMIZU was world-premiered in Competition at Venice International Film Festival and the starring casts Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido garnered the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress. The Venice-premiered WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?  won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The next year, the battle rap musical TOKYO TRIBE premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

Credits

Japanese Theatrical Release: September 4, 2015

Cast
Yoshiro Kamogawa: Shota Sometani
Miyuki Hirano: Elaiza Ikeda
Sae Asami: Erina Mano
Terumitsu Nagano: Makita Sports
Yosuke Enomoto: Motoki Fukami
Naoya Yabe: Reiya Masaki
Takako Akiyama: Megumi Kagurazaka
Takahiro Asami: Ken Yasuda
Maryjun Takahashi
Ami Tomite
Rosa Sahel
Anna Konno
Mizuki Hoshina
Ai Shinozaki
Airi Simizu
Rika Hoshina

Crew
Director and Writer: Sion Sono
Original Comic Author: Kiminori Wakasugi
Music: Tomohide Harada
Director of Photography: Hajime Kanda
Writer: Shinichi Tanaka

© 2015 “The Virgin Psychics” Film Partners

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