Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film _Lessons from a Calf (1991)_. His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming _August Without Him (1994)_, won jury prizes at Venice and Chicago. The main themes of his oeuvre include memory, loss, death and the intersection of documentary and fictive narratives.IMDb Mini Biography By: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandfather died of Alzheimer' disease when he was six years old.
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