Born in 1969 in Osaka Prefecture. Member of the training institution for professional Japanese chess players while ages of nine to seventeen. He began as screenplay writer for “Checkmate”(91)(directed by Junji Sakamoto), and then wrote for “Biriken”(96)(also directed by Sakamoto). Toyoda also writes for stage plays and comic strips. He made his debut as director with Pornostar (1998). The film earned him the Directors Guild of JAPAN’s award for promising new directors of 1998. He also won the same award at the Michinoku International Mystery Film Festival in 1999. In 2001 he directed Unchain, a five-year document on four boxers fighting their way up until retirement. He directed Blue Spring in 2002. The film ranked second in popularity among mini-theaters. Blue Spring is written by cartoonist Taiyo Matsumoto who is known for Ping Pong. In 2003 he directed 9 Souls, which earned him critics’ acclaim. It depicts how nine inmates rediscover the meaning of life after breaking out of prison… read more
Aiming his attention at the family provides Toyoda the opportunity to inquire into the significance of the things we don’t say to one another. Hanging Garden brilliantly contemplates the ways we use memory and perception to reconstruct reality and the lies inherent in it. Read the full review at http://japancinema.net/2011/07/05/hanging-garden-review/.