Urban life requires a lot of movement, both physical and emotional. Ryusuke Hamaguchi recognises this constant motion we experience in the city, the possibilities of unique relationships and different ways of inhabiting the world in his alluring films. Destabilising power dynamics and social hierarchies, Hamaguchi’s works encourage the expression of true emotions, all against the riveting background of cities across Japan – from Tokyo to Hiroshima to Kobe. In Extra Extra no. 21, he speaks with Julian Ross of the importance of one’s voice in making words believable, revealing the intimate intricacies of communication in works such as his Oscar winning film Drive My Car (2021).