The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (Japanese: 夜空はいつでも最高密度の青色だ, Hepburn: Yozora wa itsu demo saikō mitsudo no aoiro da)[1] is a 2017 Japanese romantic drama[2] film directed by Yuya Ishii.[3] It is based on a book of poetry of the same name written by Tahi Saihate and published in 2016.[4]

The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue
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Japanese theatrical poster
Directed byYuya Ishii
Screenplay byYuya Ishii
Based onTahi Saihate [ja]
StarringShizuka Ishibashi
Sosuke Ikematsu
Tetsushi Tanaka
Ryuhei Matsuda
Paul Magsalin
Mikako Ichikawa
Ryo Sato (actor) [ja]
Takahiro Miura
Music byTakashi Watanabe
CinematographyYoichi Kamakari
Edited byShinichi Fushima [ja]
Production
companies
Little More [ja]
Film-Makers
Distributed byTV Tokyo
Release date
  • February 13, 2017 (2017-02-13) (Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

The film premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.[3][1] It features the song "New World" by The Mirraz [ja].[5]

PlotEdit

The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue follows the relationship between two young adults, half-blind construction worker Shinji[2] and nurse-cum-bartender Mika.[3]

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ReceptionEdit

Reviewing the film after its showing at the Berlin Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young called The Tokyo Night Sky... "an earnest, at times poetic, drama about teen alienation".[3] Writing for the South China Morning Post, James Marsh said the film "sets itself apart from more commercial romantic fare", but observed that "the narrative seems reluctant to bring its protagonists company".[2]

Mark Schilling, reviewing the film for The Japan Times, found that the movie's "realism... and [its] poetic love story, with coincidence piled on incredible coincidence, make for an ungainly fit", also noting that "the dialogue, much of which seems to have been lifted from Saihate's work, often sounds like nothing anyone would actually say".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue". Japan Society. July 14, 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Marsh, James (December 12, 2017). "Film review: Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue – Yuya Ishii and poet Tahi Saihate collaborate for raw youth drama". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Young, Deborah (February 13, 2017). "'The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (May 10, 2017). "A love story that's overly dense with prose". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  5. ^ "ミイラズ「NEW WORLD」が石井裕也監督最新作『映画 夜空はいつでも 最高密度の青色だ』エンディング曲に起用決定!". The Mirraz (in Japanese). December 27, 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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