Coming of Age, Drama

River’s Edge


Directed by: Isao Yukisada
2018 / 118 minutes / Strictly 18+


A brutal and turbulent coming-of-age drama laced with violence, sex, and death

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Award winning director Isao Yukisada brings to life a darkly realistic depiction of a socially pressured, disillusioned generation of teenagers and their unrelenting encounters with violence, set in the lead up to a traumatic era of Japanese society. The moody cinematography of River’s Edge turns the grass-land and industrial smoke of mid-1990’s Tokyo ominous and highlights the ugliness of the world both as a whole and within the school itself, as a group of school students with unusual and twisted bonds come together and fall apart, intensified by a gruesome discovery on the banks of a river. Yukisada’s choice to convey a sense of cinema vérité with in-character interviews throughout the film elevates River’s Edge beyond the standard angst-ridden teen drama.

68th Berlin International Film Festival – Panorama Division

20 Nov in Sydney

Director Isao Yukisada will be in attendance to take part in a post-film Q&A session in Sydney.
Audience warning: Contains strong themes; moderate nudity, violence and language.

Tuesday 20th November

Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney

Sunday 2nd December

ACMI, Melbourne

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne

Director: Isao Yukisada

Original Story: Kyoko Okazaki

Screenplay: Misaki Setoyama

Producer: Shinji Ogawa, Takahiro Yoshizawa, Shunsuke Koga and Tsuyoshi Sugiyama

Cast: Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire and Shiori Doi

Genre: Coming of Age, Drama

Format: DCP colour