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Masahiro Kobayashi

Director

 

Biography

Kobayashi Masahiro (小林 政広 Kobayashi Masahiro?, born on January 6, 1954 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese film director. Masahiro Kobayashi was born on January 6, 1954 in Tokyo, Japan). He began his career as a folk singer, and then turned to scriptwriting. A great admirer of François Truffaut, he directed his first feature, Closing Time, in 1996 and in 1997 became the first Japanese filmmaker to win the Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. In its wake, he founded Monkey Town Productions and made three films back to back which won prizes in three consecutive years at Cannes: Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (1999) and Man Walking on Snow (2001) in Un Certain Regard and Koroshi (2000) in the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2003, Perfect Education 5: Amazing Story, enchanted Locarno with a discreet love story set against a backdrop of solitude, snow and desolation. Screened in competition at Cannes in 2005, Bashing received critical acclaim and won the Grand Prix at Tokyo Filmex… read more

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Frank W

6Feb11

His film Haru to no tabi from last year needs to be added. It has one of Nakadai Tatsuya's best roles of his career!