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River’s Edge

Ribazu ejji
Japan 2018, 118’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Isao Yukisada
screenplay: Misaki Setoyama (na podst. mangi Kyoko Okazaki)
cinematography: Kenji Maki
editing: Tsuyoshi Imai
music: Hiroko Sebu
sound: Hironori Ito
cast: Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire
producer: Shinji Ogawa, Takahiro Yoshizawa, Shunsuke Koga, Tsuyoshi Sugiyama
production: Thefool
sales: Kino Films
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Berlin IFF 2018 – FIPRESCI Prize; Hong Kong IFF 2018; New York Asian FF 2018; Nippon Connection FF 2018

Film description

Tokyo's industrial suburbs, early 1990s. A group of high school students torment a boy, closing him in a metal box, naked. A girlfriend of one of the perpetrators comes to his rescue, but this is only the beginning of their problems. Everyone here has their own troubles – homosexuality, bulimia, forced sex, unrequited love, conflict with parents. When suppressed, inner rebellion has to finally burst out, causing dramatic consequences.

Yukisada treats the teenagers' problems very seriously. Their dim reality reflects the problems Japan faced in the 1990s – the time of a sudden economic slowdown, a crisis of intergenerational relations, and a lurking fear which soon found its outlet in the terrorist attack conducted by the Aum Shinrikyō sect. The film was based on a popular manga, and the director worked with a group of independent young actors, who poured deep emotions into the characters. It is not a nostalgic, smooth journey into this now-popular decade, even though each detail, from clothes to the music, is meticulously recreated. The director invites us into the world of intense experiences, framed by the teenage cynicism and a deafeningly painful solitude.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Isao Yukisada

Born in 1968 in Kukamoto prefecture. He started off his film career as the assistant to Shunji Iwai. His films were shown at numerous international film festivals, and are very popular in Japan. He also directs for the theater.


1998 Open House 

2000 Sunflower / Himawari

2001 Go!

2004 Crying Out Love in the Center of the World / Sekai no Chûshin de, Ai o Sakebu 

2010 Parade / Parêdo 

2016 Pink and Gray / Pinku to gure

2017 Narratage / Naratâju 

2018 Brzeg rzeki / River’s Edge / Ribazu ejji

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