Renowned cyber-punk director Sogo Ishii strays from his roots, entering the realm of the subconscious with Mirrored Mind, a composed, contemplative, and also a personal film. Guiding us along with an actress who suffers an identity crisis when all at once she finds herself spirited away from the bustle of Tokyo to a tropical paradise, director Ishii poses philosophical questions about the origins of our soul. The film is a visually stunning ode to the need for a spiritual and tranquil life. Mirrored Mind is the feature length version of the short by the same name, which was made as part of the Jeonju International Film Festival initiated Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers 2004.
Sogo Ishii was born in the right place at the right time. The man who is often referred to as Japan’s punk filmmaker grew up in Hakata on the island of Kyushu. When he was in his teens, he found himself in the middle of the punk rock revolution when northern Kyushu became one of the country’s most fertile breeding grounds for new bands.
Along with the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya) and inevitably Tokyo, Kyushu spawned the musicians and bands that would go on to dominate the punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s. The first Kyushu band to rear their spiked heads were Sunhouse, a mid-70s outfit whose gritty pre-punk rock would become a major influence on those that followed: The Roosterz, fronted by the enigmatic Shinya Ohe, Takanori Jinnai’s leather-clad The Rockers and the recently reformed ARB headed by Ryo Ishibashi (now one of Japan’s most versatile actors, known to many for his role as the victimized widower in Takashi Miike’s Audition).
Ishii himself dabbled… read more