Îä ãài@ISHII SOGO
While at the College of Art at Nihon University, he completed his
directorial debut with gPanic High Schoolh on 8mm film, and gained lots of fanatical fans in the process.
With gCrazy Thunder Roadh (1980), he became the spearhead of the Japanese New Wave.
He continued to shoot fresh,avant-garde action films including gBurst Cityh in 1982 and gCrazy Familyhin 1984.
The latter was critically acclaimed both in Japan and abroad, and
won the Grand Prix at the 8th edition of the Salso Film Festival in Italy.
He shot films one after another, such as the Grand Prix winner of Birmingham
Film Festival, gAngel Dusth in 1994, gAugust in the Waterh in 1995, and the Grand Prix winner of the Oslo Film Festival, gLabyrinth of Dreamsh in 1997. After releasing the big-budget new-type period piece gGojoe,h in 2000, he directed gElectric Dragon 80,000 Vh (2001).
It overwhelmed audiences with its rapid moving images and its fast life-like rock sound,and fascinated many people as a hyper-exciting movie which transcended the genres of film that had existed to that point.
His latest film is gMirrored Mindh (2005) which he not only directed but was producer and cinematographer. For most of his career he has been directing original,underground films which have pushed the limits of Japanese cinema.