Born in 1955. He has been pursing creative activities since he began making 8mm movies as a university student, and has directed a total of 38 movies spanning different genres. His most well-known titles include Cure, Charisma, and Bright Future, among others. Pulse won the International Federation of Film Critics Prize at the 54th Cannes Film Festival. Tokyo Sonata won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 61st Cannes Film Festival. His works are highly acclaimed internationally, and have been introduced frequently in special programs around the world. Additionally, he has written Eiga wa osoroshii (Movies Are Scary) and other books on film, and has novelized several movies.