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Director Sion Sono has generated plenty of conversation and controversy over the course of his career, making features such as “Antiporno,” “The Forest of Love,” and “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” He’s a filmmaker who loves extremity and idiosyncrasy, building a fanbase that expects the helmer to deliver something wild with his offerings. For his English-language debut, Sono doesn’t throttle his instincts with “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” which strives to be an extended tour of strangeness and ugliness, with the production finding an appropriate leading man in Nicolas Cage. The actor has his moments of delirium, but he makes for a fantastic focal point in a movie that’s not especially invested in structure. Sono makes a beautiful picture with “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” but he keeps the endeavor enigmatic to the end, which doesn’t always balance with the exploitation appearance of the effort. Read the rest at


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