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Shunji Iwai

Having received his education at Yokohama National University, Shunji Iwai started out in the entertainment industry by directing music videos and television dramas, including the likes of Maria, Lunatic Love and Fireworks, for which he received the award for Best Newcomer from the Japanese Director's Association. He eventually moved onto larger ... See full bio »
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 2016 The Bride of Rip Van Winkle (screenplay) (completed)
 2015 The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (original story) / (screenplay)
 2014 Nazo no tenkôsei (TV Mini-Series) (teleplay - 12 episodes)
- Episode #1.12 (2014) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.11 (2014) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.10 (2014) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.9 (2014) ... (teleplay)
- Episode #1.8 (2014) ... (teleplay)
 2011/I Vampire (written by)
 2010 Bandage (screenplay)
 2009 Baton (written by)
 2009 Halfway (screenplay)
 2008 New York, I Love You (segment "Shunji Iwai")
 2006 The Kon Ichikawa Story (Documentary) (screenplay)
 2006 Rainbow Song (screenplay - as San Amino)
 2002 Jam Films (segment "'Arita'")
 1998 April Story (writer)
 1996 Acri (story)
 1996 Picnic
 1995 Love Letter
 1994 Undo
 1994 Lunatic Love (TV Movie)
 1993 Fried Dragon Fish (TV Movie)
 1992 Geshi monogatari (TV Short)
 1992 Ghost Soup (TV Movie)
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San Amino

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In 2008 he served on the World Dramatic Competition Jury for the Sundance Film Festival.


Frequently casts Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Yu Aoi, Ayumi Ito and Tomohiro Kaku

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