Guest in Focus: Yuya ISHII – The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

In our next Guest in Focus series, we ask a few questions of Yuya ISHII, the director of our last screening for Nippon Visions; The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue.  


When and how did you first get into filmmaking?

I started filmmaking at age 18, when I entered art university.

What were your first film projects?

That was a short film, which I directed, and where I also played the leading role. It was about a boy who has green slime coming out of his mouth, and his mother, taking a trip together. You couldn’t really call it a film, but the fact that I wanted to rise to the challenge hasn’t changed since then.

Where did you get the idea for The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue, and what story would you like it to tell?

I was inspired by a volume of poems by the same title. I wanted to visually express the feelings of insecurity and emptiness, which you can feel living in today’s Tokyo, and which can’t be expressed by words.

Were there any funny or difficult situations you experienced during the shooting?

More than half of the film was shot in the city guerrilla-style. So there were many people walking through the picture, which was quite hard.

What do you think about the current situation of Japanese cinema?

Basically I’m pessimistic. It’s difficult to freely make films, and also it isn’t considered to be of value.

Which three Japanese films from the last decade do you think everybody should see?

None in particular.

Do you have an all-time favorite film, and if yes, is there a particular reason why it’s your favorite?

[Charlie] Chaplin’s City Lights and [Milos] Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I like the their outlook on life and the way they look at people.

Who is the director/filmmaker that influenced you the most?


Have you ever been to Germany before, and if so, what was your favorite/strangest/funniest experience?

I went once to Hamburg, and twice to Berlin. In Berlin, I got on a hot air balloon. It just went vertically up and down. In this logical world, I love to experience things that have no apparent meaning and are impermanent.

Translated from the original Japanese.  

Tokyo Night Sky will premiere Sunday night, May 28, at 20:00 in the Naxoshalle theater.  


映画作りを始めたのはいつ頃ですか。どのようなきっかけでしたか 。




『映画 夜空はいつでも 最高密度の青色だ』のアイディアはどこで得たものですか。また、その映 画の中で、監督が表現しようとしているのは、どのようなストーリ ーですか?








一番好きな映画がありましたら教えてください。また、その理由は なんですか。




ドイツに来られたことはありますか?もしありましたら、一番好き な・変な・面白い経験はなんでしたか。


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