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Yozora ha itsu demo saikou mitsudo no aoiro da

The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

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Mika works as a nurse by day; by night she entertains covetous men at a girls’ bar. Shinji is blind in one eye and ekes out a living as a construction worker. Young and grown-up at the same time, they both lead a lonely existence, but somehow their paths keep miraculously crossing under the Tokyo sky. Can loneliness be experienced together?
Director Yuya Ishii shows Japanese society as being caught in a sheer struggle for survival. Yozora ha itsu demo saikou mitsudo no aoiro da is a touching ramble through the inner lives of two uncertain people in the middle of Tokyo, a city being brutally crushed by globalisation. People alienated from their roots, families falling apart, financial strife, suicides, earthquakes – yet the film handles all of its themes with both lightness and candour. Inspired by poetry, full of enchanting visual ideas and recurring music, Ishii takes us with him on a lyrical journey undertaken by outsiders who have lost everything. All they can therefore do now is win – in love.

Yuya Ishii

Japan 2017


108 min · Colour


Shizuka Ishibashi (Mika)
Sosuke Ikematsu (Shinji)
Tetsushi Tanaka (Iwashita)
Ryuhei Matsuda (Tomoyuki)
Paul Magsalin (Andres)
Mikako Ichikawa (Mika's Mother)
Ryo Sato (Ryo)
Takahiro Miura (Makita)


Written and directed by
Yuya Ishii
Director of Photography
Yoichi Kamakari
Shinichi Fushima
Takashi Watanabe
Sound Design
Hirokazu Kato
Kengo Takasuka
Production Design
Syun Sasaki, Daichi Watanabe
Takatoshi Aruga, Little More, Tomoo Tsuchii, Film Makers, Kimutaka Goka, TV Tokyo


Yuya Ishii

Born in 1983 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He completed his studies at Osaka University of the Arts with his graduation film, Bare-Assed Japan. Since then, Yuya has been working as a screenwriter and director.


2002 Love Japan 2005 Bare-Assed Japan · Cicadas are Crying 2006 Tokyo no sora no kumo ha natade coco · Hangyaku Jiro no koi (Rebel, Jiro’s Love) 2007 Of Monster Mode · Girl Sparks 2009 To Walk Beside You 2010 Kawa no soko kara konnichi wa (Sawako Decides); 112 min., Berlinale Forum 2010 2011 A Man with Style · Mitsuko Delivers 2013 The Great Passage 2014 Our Family · The Vancouver Asahi 2017 Yozora ha itsu demo saikou mitsudo no aoiro da (The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue)

Produced by

Little More
Tokio, Japan
+81 3 34011042

Tokio, Japan

TV Tokyo
Tokio, Japan

World sales

Pia Film Festival
Tokio, Japan
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