In a two-decade directing career that began with the 1997 relationship drama “Open House,” Isao Yukisada has made everything from the critically acclaimed “Go” (2001), with its rebellious Zainichi Korean hero battling his way through a Japanese high school, to the smash hit “Crying Out Love in the Center of the World” (2004), with its story of high school lovers separated by a fatal disease.

But the 49-year-old director had never made a manga adaptation (a local industry stand-by) prior to the turbulent coming-of-age drama “River’s Edge.” When I meet him at the office of distributor Kino Films, he is about to leave for the Berlin International Film Festival, where “River’s Edge” is set to screen in the Panorama section.

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