Gakuryu ISHII 石井岳龍


Nippon Retro   ² 

The metaphysics ISHII began to explore in ½ MENSCH and THE MASTER OF SHIATSU reach their zenith with AUGUST IN THE WATER, an enigmatic but resonantly beautiful trip of a movie. Petrified humans, magic mushrooms and a rock star from outer space are just a few of the building blocks of this hallucinogenic spectacle. In terms of pace and mood, this is miles removed from ISHII's punk films of the previous decade, but being equal parts soothing and puzzling, it offers the viewer its own unique pleasures.

About Gakuryu ISHII

Gakuryu (Sogo) ISHII was born in Fukuoka in 1957. His dystopian punk rock musical BURST CITY (1982) made him one of the precursors of the Japanese cyberpunk movement of the 1980s. Since then he has worked with renowned Japanese actors and international punk bands on numerous short and feature films. NIPPON CONNECTION dedicated a retrospective to his work in 2013.