Director from Japan best known for films like "Tokyo Park". He won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for his 2000 film "Eureka".
He worked as an assistant to directors like
He is also an author, winning the prestigious
He married "Sad Vacation" actress Maho Toyota.
He directed Japanese actress Yuko Tanaka in his 2013 drama "The Backwater".