Run Time: 108 minutes
“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 TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE 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. (In Japanese with subtitles) —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 9:10 PM
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 4:50 PM
International Narrative Competition
Yuya Ishii was born in 1983 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Osaka University of the Arts. He is best known for his 2013 movie “The Great Passage,” for which he won Best Director at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards.
Rebel, Jiro's Love (2006), Girl Sparks (2007), Of Monster Mode (2007), Bare-assed Japan (2007), Kimi to arukou (2009), Sawako Decides (2010), A Man with Style (2011), Mitsuko Delivers (2011), The Great Passage (2013), Our Family (2014)–CIFF39, The Vancouver Asahi (2014), TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE (2017)
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