Japan
Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike

Born on the 24th of August 1960 in Osaka, Japan. Graduating from Yokohama Academy of Broadcasting and Film (presently Japan Academy of Moving Images), he studied under directors Imamura Shohei and Onchi Hideo. He made his feature-film debut in 1995 with SHINJUKU KUROSHAKAI CHINA MAFIA WAR, and drew attention at foreign film festivals with his next, FUDO, made in 1996.
Working in a wide span of genres from adolescent to Yakuza movies to fantasy stories, he is a director who maintains a unique originality as an artist. In 1998 at the Vancouver International Film Festival, a special feature of the director in which three of his titles were presented was held. The Rotterdam Film festival followed with a special focus section on him where AUDITION was awarded the FIPRESCI Award. He is a highly praised filmmaker, in Japan as overseas.

Takashi Miike
Shinya Tsukamoto

Shinya Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Shinya Tsukamoto started making short films from the age of 14, using his father's 8mm camera and a cast of friends and relatives. His short THE ADVENTURES OF DENCHU KOZO (1987) won him his first awards and acclaim in Japan, but it was the now legendary cyberpunk feature TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (1989) that saw him catapulted into the big leagues. It influenced a generation of Western filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowski Brothers and Darren Aronofsky. In 1992 he released the sequel TETSUO: THE BODY HAMMER and finalised the unique and hallucinatory TETSUO trilogy in 2009 with TETSUO: THE BULLET MAN.

Shinya Tsukamoto