Feature Film "Under the Open Sky"
Directed by Miwa Nishikawa
Co-financed and produced by AOI Pro.
2020 the 56th Chicago International Film Festival - Best Performance Winner (Koji Yakusho) / Audience Choice Award Winner
2021 the 47th Seattle International Film Festival - Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival - Contemporary World Cinema Selection
Mikami, an ex-yakuza of middle age with most of his life in prison, gets released after serving 13 years of sentence for murder. Hoping to find his long lost mother, from whom he was separated as a child, he applies for a TV show and meets a young TV director Tsunoda. Meanwhile, he struggles to get a proper job and fit into society. His impulsive, adamant nature and ingrained beliefs cause friction in his relationship with Tsunoda and those who want to help him.
|Released||February 11, 2021|
|Screenwriter / Director||Miwa Nishikawa|
|Cast||Koji Yakusho, Taiga Nakano, Seiji Rokkaku, Yukiya Kitamura, Hakuryu, Midoriko Kimura, Masami Nagasawa, Narumi Yasuda, Meiko Kaji, Isao Hashizume|
|Original Story||"Mibuncho" by Ryuzo Saki|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Japan|
|Project Management||Ryuzo Saki / 2021“Under the Open Sky” Production Committee|
|URL||Official Website (Japanese)|
|Staff||Producer: Taichi Ito(AOI Pro.)|
Associate Producer: Kana Ikeno(AOI Pro.)
Assistant Producer: Megumi Omizo(AOI Pro.)
- 2020 the 56th Chicago International Film Festival：International Feature Competition：<Audience Choice Award>
- 2020 the 56th Chicago International Film Festival：International Feature Competition：<Best Performance>
- 2021 the 47th Seattle International Film Festival：<Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision>