Shusuke Kaneko (born June 8, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker and screenwriter. Kaneko began his career at Nikkatsu and would serve as a writer for film and anime. Establishing himself as an up and coming director, Kaneko would win accolades at various film festivals. His film, Summer Vacation 1999, would garner him his first award for best director ... See full bio »

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 2017 Linking Love
 2014 Danger Dolls
 2013 Jellyfish
 2011 Messiah
 2010 Bakamono
 2009 Pride
 2008 Hitmaker: Aku Yu monogatari (TV Movie)
 2008 Kêtai sôsakan 7 (TV Series) (co-director)
 2007 Kekkon sagishi (TV Movie)
 2006 Death Note
 2005 Ultraman Max (TV Series) (multiple episodes)
 2005 Holyland (TV Mini Series)
 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 2004 Urutora kyû: Dâku fantajî (TV Series)
 2002 Koi ni utaeba
 2000 Crossfire
 1998 Efu
 1993 Necronomicon: Book of Dead (segment "part #2: The Cold")
 1988 The Last Cabaret (as Shuusuke Kaneko)
 1986 Za samurai (TV Movie)
 1985 Minna agechau
 1973 Mizuiro no hizashi (Short)
 1971 Shamen (Short)
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Shuusuke Kaneko | Shu Kaneko

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[Kaiju genre] Within the genre, there are science-fiction leanings, there are fantasy leanings, but the kaiju genre is a genre in and of itself. The concept of science fiction started in America because America is a young country. Japan has such a long tradition, so it's difficult for science fiction to root itself in this country. See more »


All four of Kaneko's kaiju films have made it onto Kinema Junpo's prestigious best of the year list for each of their respective years.

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