Isao Yukisada was born in Kumamoto in 1968. He first worked as an assistant director on Shunji Iwai’s films LOVE LETTER and SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY and then, in 1998, for Seiichi Tanabe on his film, DOG FOOD. Ever since his tragedy, HIMAWARI/SUNFLOWER, which received the international critics’ award at Pusan International Festival in 2000, he has come to be regarded as one of the up and coming talents of Japanese cinema. He contributed to the video series, “Love Cinema” with a piece entitled TOJIRU HI/ENCLOSED PAIN, screened at Locarno 2001. GO (2001) was Japan’s selection to the Foreign Language Oscars.
His latest film PARADE won the Fipresci Prize at the 60th Berlinale.