Gakuryū Ishii

Gakuryu Ishii
Born (1957-01-15) January 15, 1957
Fukuoka, Japan
Other names Sogo Ishii
Occupation Film director

Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍 Ishii Gakuryū, born January 15, 1957), formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互 Ishii Sōgo), is a Japanese filmmaker.


In 1982, Ishii directed Burst City, an action film about a wild gang of quasi-mutant bikers who ride into a town staging protests against the construction of a nearby nuclear reactor plant. The film starred members of Japanese punk bands The Roosters, The Rockers, The Stalin and Inu, among others. He became a favorite among rebel and punk cineastes in Japan. The film is also credited as a precursor to the underground Japanese cyberpunk movement that emerged later in the decade.[1]

Ishii directed Electric Dragon 80.000 V, a black-and-white 55-minute film starring Tadanobu Asano and Masatoshi Nagase, in 2001.[2]

In 2012, he returned with Isn't Anyone Alive?,[3] changing his name Sogo Ishii to Gakuryu Ishii.[4]

His 2013 film, The Flower of Shanidar, stars Go Ayano and Hana Kuroki.[5]


Feature films

Short films


  1. Player, Mark (13 May 2011). "Post-Human Nightmares: The World of Japanese Cyberpunk". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  2. Schilling, Mark (29 August 2001). "'Electric Dragon 80000V'". The Japan Times.
  3. Scheib, Ronnie (15 August 2012). "Review: "Isn't Anyone Alive?"". Variety.
  4. Matthijs, Niels (29 January 2013). "DVD Review: ISN'T ANYONE ALIVE? Reinvents Ishii Sogo As Ishii Gakuryu". Twitch Film.
  5. Schilling, Mark (11 July 2013). "'Shanidaru no Hana (The Flower of Shanidar)'". The Japan Times.

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