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Gakuryû Ishii (Sogo Ishii) – Ikiterumono wa Inainoka AKA Isn’t Anyone Alive? (2012)

Synopsis:Cult Japanese director Gakuryu Ishii (formerly known as Sogo Ishii, a longstanding influence on Quentin Tarantino) presents a world coming to an end. On a university campus the students separately rehearse a performance, discuss an urban myth and debate the future of an unborn child, but all are inconvenienced by their sudden unexplained deaths. Adapting the screenplay from his own play, writer Shiro Maeda’s dialogue is shot through with absurdist observations and deftly mixes dread with farcical comedy. Read More »

Gakuryû Ishii – Enjeru dasuto aka Angel Dust (1994)

Every Monday at 6 pm a young woman is murdered in the subway. The psychiatrist Setsuko Suma is called in to assist the police. The trail leads to another psychiatrist – Dr Rei Aku – who Setsuko used to date. As she get closer to the solution, she gets more and more convinced that Aku’s deprogramming of former sectmembers is important. Read More »

Gakuryû Ishii – Yume no ginga AKA Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)

Symopsis:
‘Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.’
– Will Gilbert Read More »