Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue


Directed by: Yuya Ishii

Year: 2017

Length: 108 minutes

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne


A modern day romance between imperfect people.

In a city of ten million, everyone is self-absorbed in their own routines. Entranced by the glow of their smartphones, people come and go without a passing glance at their environment. In the vast Tokyo metropolis, an uneasy loneliness and isolation pervades.

Mika (Shizuka Ishibashi, Night’s Tightrope) is a nurse by day, a girls bar employee by night. She is long over the concept of love, or perhaps, she’s yet to understand it. Shinji (Sosuke Ikematsu, Seto & Utsumi) is a construction worker with a tendency to talk too much out of anxiety. He ekes out a living with other labourers, many of them immigrant workers, in the city’s pre-Olympics building boom. Blind in one eye, he becomes increasingly introspective of the isolation in the city.

In a city of ten million, somehow the two continually cross paths. Clumsily, they push each other away, only to find themselves brought together by cosmic coincidences. In spite of the perpetually sombre Tokyo night, their encounters spark a faint, but warm, glow of promise.

Yuya Ishii (The Vancouver Asahi, The Great Passage) directs a distinctly unconventional romance based on a melancholic book of poetry of the same title by Tahi Saihate. Delve into the lives of Tokyoites Mika and Shinji, as their relationship glacially evolves, and other invisible city dwellers—labourers, nurses, immigrant workers—that keep the city alive. In competition at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017.

Join us for a special guest event in Sydney and Melbourne where Yuya Ishii will be present in a post-film Q&A.
Audience warning: This film contains mild violence and mild themes such as existential crises.


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


ACMI, Melbourne

Director: Yuya Ishii

Producer: Takatoshi Ariga

Original Story: Tahi Saihate

Screenplay: Yuya Ishii

Cast: Shizuka Ishibashi, Sosuke Ikematsu and Ryuhei Matsuda

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour