Ishii Yuya was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He attended Osaka University of the Arts, and got a Master′s degree at Nihon University. His graduation film Bare-assed Japan (2005) won the Grand Prize at the 2007 Pia Film Festival. He was the first recipient of the Edward Yang New Talent Award at the 2nd Asian Film Awards in 2008. His major productions include The Great Passage (2013), which he won the Best Director Award at the Japan Academy Prize, and The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (2017), which he won the Best Director Award at the Asian Film Award, and Almost a Miracle (2019).