Ishii (now known as Sogo Ishii) was born January 1958 in Hakata, Japan.
He is a film director and writer, often credited for introducing the
Cyberpunk Wave to
Japanese Cinema with his BURST
CITY (1982). He also evolved into a major
after releasing his surreal masterpiece LABYRINTH
and the exceptional chambrara actioner GOJOE.
is his second volume of short films [Click
to see his first collection]
SHORT FILM ONE
(1993) (30 minutes)
starring Mai Hosho · Hairi Katagiri · Suzuki Matsu ·
Toshiya Sakai · Tomorô Taguchi
This is an omnibus
of four short stories within a short 30 minute project
featuring various characters entrapped inside the overwhelming Tokyo
SHORT FILM TWO
DEAD END RUN
(2003) (60 minutes)
starring Tadanobu Asano · Mikako Ichikawa · Iseya Yusuke
· Nagase Masatoshi
Ishii did not work much in the 2000s due to health reasons [he has since
recovered]. This was his first film since the mindboggling ELECTRIC
DRAGON 80,000 V and he has assembled the same cast. Once again,
he continues to work within the omnibus structure [this time, three
stories - each dealing with a mad race for survival - fill the 60 minutes].
In the first, a man (played by Iseya Yusuke from Miike's 13
ASSASSINS and CASSHERN)
is chased by a female robot with a taste for music with her violence.
In part two, the chase centers on a character portrayed by Nagase Masatoshi
(the Japanese MIKE
HAMMER and star of STEREO
FUTURE) who is driven breathlessly to his demise by a hit man.
In the third, Tadanobu Asano (an Ishii regular, best known for
THE KILLER) plays a guy being chased by the police. He ends
up on a rooftop where he takes a girl hostage who was up there to commit
suicide. The entire hour of Sogo Ishii's loud guitars and vibrating
zooms provide an overwhelming experience.
SHORT FILM THREE
KYOSHIN [MIRRORED MIND]
(2004) (61 minutes)
starring Mikako Ichikawa · Yuki Inomata · Kou Machida
· Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Ishii strays from his cyberpunk roots for this excursion into the realm
of the subconscious as
he delivers a composed, contemplative and also a very personal film.
This is the story of an actress
(Yuki Inomata) who suffers an identity crisis when she suddenly finds
herself whisked away
from busy Tokyo to a tropical paradise.
A collection of
three Japanese short films on one extended DVD
with English subtitles; widescreen format, 152 minutes total running
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT
Recommended for Mature Audiences