films seen
19
average score
3.50*
nationality
Japan - 51 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Raised under the wings of Shunji Iwai, Yukisada grew up to be one of Japan's better contemporary drama directors. His oeuvre is one of the most consistent I know, so when looking for solid Japanese drama, look no further.

The good stuff

Pink and Gray poster

Pink and Gray

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Pinku to Gure
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 119 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

Pink and Gray is a pretty great film, but some familiarity with the director will definitely help you to appreciate it to its fullest.

Women Play Twice poster

Women Play Twice

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Onnatachi wa Nido Asobu
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

Considering the film as a whole it's not that much different from a normal feature-length Japanese drama, though the change in characters and perspectives do add some welcome variation.

Parade poster

Parade

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Paredo
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

Parade is quite a lengthy film and the first hour you might be excused for wondering what all the fuzz is about.

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A Day on the Planet

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Kyo no Dekigoto
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 110 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0

It's not always easy tracking down Yukisada's films, but for fans of this type of films it's definitely worth the trouble.

Solid pieces

River's Edge poster

River's Edge

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Ribazu Ejji
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 118 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.5

Lately Yukisada's films have turned a little grittier. River's Edge has dark edges that I'm not used to seeing in his films. Yukisada handles it well, though the 90s setting (ugly 4:3 screen ratio included) feels completely superfluous. Good performance, good drama and some poignant moments, but it lacks that little extra.

Narratage poster

Narratage

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Narataju
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 140 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5

A typical Yukisada film. A solid mix of drama and romance, some tougher themes and soft styling. If you've seen some of his other films, you'll know what to expect. Good acting, fine camera work and some touching moments without becoming too sentimental. A bit too long though, but otherwise very good.

Tsuya's Nights poster

Tsuya's Nights

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Tsuya no Yoru
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 138 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Into the Faraway Sky poster

Into the Faraway Sky

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Tôku no Sora ni Kieta
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 145 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Closed Note poster

Closed Note

by Isao Yukisada
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 138 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Crying Out of Love, In the Center of the World poster

Crying Out of Love, In the Center of the World

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Sekai no Chûshin de, Ai wo Sakebu
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 138 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5
Rock 'n' Roll Mishin poster

Rock 'n' Roll Mishin

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Rokkun Rouru Mishin
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 120 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Jam Films poster

Jam Films

by Daizaburo Hanada, Jôji Iida, Shunji Iwai, Ryuhei Kitamura, Rokuro Mochizuki, Tetsuo Shinohara, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Isao Yukisada
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 109 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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3.5
Go poster

Go

by Isao Yukisada
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Luxurious Bone poster

Luxurious Bone

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Zeitaku na Hone
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 107 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5
Sunflower poster

Sunflower

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Himawari
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 121 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5
Open House poster

Open House

by Isao Yukisada
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 116 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

The inoffensive

Aroused by Gymnopedies poster

Aroused by Gymnopedies

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Jimunopedi ni Midareru
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 83 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.0

Yukisada's entry in Nikkatsu's Roman Porno reboot. While not bad, the constraints of the genre work against the film. The drama is laudable, but there are just too many interruptions that distract from Itsuji Itao's emotional struggles.

A Closing Day poster

A Closing Day

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Tojiru Hi
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 91 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

Year One in the North poster

Year One in the North

by Isao Yukisada
Also known as
Kita no Zeronen
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 170 mins
Genre
Drama
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