THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE
“ASIAN CINERAMA” | OUT OF COMPETITION
Director: Yuya Ishii
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
“Falling in love with someone is like killing them very softly,” says aloof Mika, a nurse (and occasional waitress at a Japanese “girlie bar”) who can’t seem to stop obsessing about dying. Her cynical mindset nevertheless appeals to moody Shinji, a shy construction worker who is also hot and cold on romance but finds Mika’s enigmatic personality intriguing. As the pair stroll around Tokyo’s bustling neighborhoods getting to know one another, their quirks come into sharper focus. Mika has a fear of abandonment and is still devastated by the unexplained death of her mother, while Shinji is plagued by feelings of inertia and dread, which persist after several people close to him suddenly die. At certain times surreal and other times a portrayal of the insipidness of daily life, the film emphasizes the fragility of the human existence. More than that, the film underscores the leaps of faith involved with opening up to other people and why the rewards far outweigh the risks.
Yuya Ishii born in 1983 in Saitama Prefecture, he attended Osaka University of the Arts, where his graduation film “Bare-assed Japan” (2005) won the Grand Prize at the 2007 Pia Film Festival. In 2008 four of his independent films received special screenings at the Rotterdam and Hong Kong Film Festivals, while at the Asian Film Awards he won the first Edward Yang New Talent Award. Sawako Decides, his first commercial feature, was made in 2009 with a PFF Scholarship and released in theaters in 2010. Chosen for the Berlin International Film Festival Forum, it won Best Feature Film at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and made him the youngest ever recipient of the Blue Ribbon for Best Director, awarded by movie critics of Tokyo’s sports newspapers. “The Great Passage” (2013) won the Awards of the Japanese Academy for Best Picture and Best Director, and was the official Japanese submission for Best Foreign-language Film at the U.S. Academy Awards. “The Vancouver Asahi” (2014) won the Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Festivals and Awards
Asian Film Awards 2018 | Best Director
Tokyo International Film Festival 2017 | Tokyo Gemstone Award
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