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Japanese director gives stylish new twists to food fetishes

With 'Sexual Drive,' soft-core director finds international appeal

A still from "Sexual Drive": The film inhabits the gray area often claimed by art house cinema but has strong sexual undertones. (Courtesy of Film Movement) 

LISBON -- Is a world that has grown accustomed to expressing passions through masks and at a safe distance ready to embrace a succulent cinematic work that explores the wildly erotic potential of close-up encounters with sensual foods?

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