Masayuki Suo (周防 正行 Suo Masayuki?, born October 29, 1956 in Tokyo) is a Japanese film director. He is perhaps best known for his two Japan Academy Prize-winning films, 1992’s Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t and 1996’s Shall We Dance?.
In 1982, along with filmmakers Yoshiho Fukuoka, Itsumichi Isomura, Toshiyuki Mizutani and Akira Yoneda, Suo founded a production company called Unit 5. Suo worked as an assistant director and appeared in the cast of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s directorial debut, the pinku eiga Kanda River Pervert War (1983). At this early stage in his career, Suo also wrote scripts for the pink genre, such as Scanty Panty Doll: Pungent Aroma (1983). Suo first film as director was also in the pinku eiga genre: Abnormal Family (1984), a film designed as a tribute and satire of Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story.In his book on the pinku eiga, Behind the Pink Curtain (2008), Jasper Sharp calls Abnormal Family an early masterpiece, and one of the wittiest films ever made in the genre. Suo not only… read more