Sogo Ishii Music Videos (Part 2)

After his critically acclaimed punk movies “Crazy Thunder Road” and “Burst City” Sogo Ishii challenged himself and changed his direction. He explains this in an interview on Midnight Eye. When the cyberpunk genre he initiated flourished Ishii only could make a few arthouse movies like “Crazy Family”, “August in the Water” and “Angel Dust”. This is what he calls his psychedelic years, which is also reflected in his music videos.

One of the few music videos he shoots in the nineties is a live video of the former punk band Friction.  The video is full with psychedelic nineties effects like a  Screensaver, music sounds a bit out dated but solid.

As far as i know the first high budget video Ishii did for a Japanese star. For this video he works with famous singer-songwriter UA. This is one of my favorite new Ishii videos with a dark symbolism, long shots, sinister in black and white.

Video from 2008 by Japanese Rock ‘N Roll band The Bacillus Brains who fight against some Russian mobsters.

A pretty cool high budget video of Japanese multi talent Joe Odagiri. He is very famous Japanese actor (Azumi, Kamer Rider Kugaa and Mushishi) and also directed movies himself. He is popular for his weird hair cuts  and obviously sings as well….


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