Kansai Premiere

『The Courier』
In the secluded winter mountains, men silently tread on to complete their missions.

『The Courier』

Director:Sho Miyake

Cast:Ryu Morioka, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shizuka Ishibashi, Kyusaku Shimada




Distribution: Samurai Drama Channel, Japanese Movie Channel


In the beginning of the 19th century, Japan was under isolation. A group of Dutch scholars wishing for the reopening of the country, secretly complete a copy of the map of Japan which was under the shogunate’s management. They send young scholar Doan (Ryu Morioka) as a secret ambassador to pass the copied map to the Dutch. Doan quietly travels through the mountain, however, the mountain guards, including Takayama (Kiyohiko Shibukawa), start a mountain hunt with a wanted notice given by the shogunate.


No Edo streets, and no sword action, just men, endlessly walking through the harsh winter mountains. A period film that doesn’t conform to its borders, is born from this simple idea as a starting point. Sho Miyake, highly appraised both domestically and internationally, takes the megaphone, along with the talented actor Ryu Morioka, also a film director himself, Kiyohiko Shibukawa who is deeply trusted by many directors, hottest newbie actress Shizuka Ishibashi, Kai Inowaki, the best of the young emerging actors, and Kyusaku Shimada, essential actor in Japansese cinema, who come together to create a period film never to be seen before. Hip-hop artists OMSB and Hi’ Spec compose new songs for the soundtrack. The two extraordinary gifts of Japanese hip-hop, create an entirely new collaboration of period film and hip-hop.

Director:Sho Miyake

Born in 1984, Hokkaido. After his first feature film “Yakutatazu” (2010), he directs his first film to be screened in theatres, “Playback”, in 2012. As well as being an official selection for the International Competition at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival, he is highly appraised at domestic and international film festivals. In 2014, he announces his documentary film “THE COCKPIT” that covers two days of hip-hop units SIMI LAB’s OMSB and THE OTOGIBANASHI’S’ Bim until they complete their new song. He is to adapt Yasushi Sato’s novel “Kimi no tori ha utaeru” in the future.