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Japanese director/writer/actor whose often kinetic, cyberpunk style is much imitated. He expressed appreciation over the similarity of the international hit German film "Run Lola Run" (1998) to his first film as a director/writer, "Dangan Runner" (1996). When asked at the Chicago International Film Festival to recommend a film school, the black ... See full bio »

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Miss Zombie Director
Monday Director
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 2019 Dancing Mary
 2018/III Jam
 2017 Mr. Long
 2016/I Happiness
 2015 Panic In (TV Mini-Series)
 2015 Chasuke's Journey (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
 2013 Miss Zombie (as Sabu)
 2011 Bunny Drop
 2010 Trouble Man (TV Series)
 2009 Kanikôsen
 2005 Dead Run (as Sabu)
 2005 Hold Up Down (as Sabu)
 2003 A1012K (Short) (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
 2003 Hard Luck Hero (as Sabu)
 2002 Blessing Bell (as Sabu)
 2002 Drive (as Sabu)
 2000/I Monday (as Sabu)
 1998 Unlucky Monkey (as Sabu)
 1997 Postman Blues (as Sabu)
 1996 Non-Stop (as Sabu)
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Alternate Names:

Sabu | Hiroki Tanaka | Hiroyuki Tanaka

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[on Chasuke's Journey (2015)] With regard to shopping arcades, it's a frequent feature a lot of my work. It's a space that I love. Especially this shopping arcade in Okinawa was very specific and unique, because it has all these great narrow alleyways and old buildings, so it was great to capture that.[2015] See more »


Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2017.

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