Japan Cuts 2011 Guests

Sora Aoi

Actress, Three☆Points
With roots in the AV industry, Aoi is an international celebrity who has moved progressively from porn stardom, to pinku eiga, television dramas, and finally to the spotlight of mainstream entertainment. More recently she has accrued fans for a different talent as multitudes in China adore her for her pop songs. In 2010 she appeared as a zombie-slaying stripper in Big Tits Zombie. Her role in Three☆Points marks a move toward more dramatic films.

Yoshimasa Ishibashi

Director, Milocrorze
Director of the unconventional comedy series Oh Mickey!, Kyoto native Ishibashi’s Milocrorze is no exception to his avant-garde and eccentric vision.

Masahiro Kobayashi

Director and writer, Haru’s Journey
Kobayashi is an acclaimed figure in the film festival circuit and was nominated for a Palm d’Or at Cannes for his 2005 film Bashing. In his latest film Haru’s Journey, Kobayashi gives an “insider's look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment.”

Kentaro Moriya

Director, The Seaside Motel
Beginning his career in music videos, Moriya brings all the style and flash of that fast-paced world to his films. The Seaside Motel is his sophomore effort full of his signature flair.

Tak Sakaguchi

Director and Star, Yakuza Weapon
Actor, director, martial artist and stuntman, Sakaguchi was an underground street fighter renowned for his martial art skills before he was discovered by director Ryuhei Kitamura. Since then, Sakaguchi has appeared in a number of high action and gore films, including Tokyo Gore Police, and has started directing.

Natsuki Seta

Director, A Liar and a Broken Girl
Writer-director Seta makes her debut on the film scene with A Liar and a Broken Girl, an audacious combination of teen romance and serial killer horror.

Yudai Yamaguchi

Co-director and Writer, Yakuza Weapon
Yamaguchi has made a name for himself directing and writing films that combine comedy, gory horror, and a splash of utter weirdness. He made his directorial debut with Battlefield Baseball, which starred Tak Sakaguchi.

Masashi Yamamoto

Director, Three☆Points
Yamamoto first debuted Carnival in the Night (1983) at the Berlin Film Festival and later gained attention for his Robinson’s Garden (1987). His Junk Food (1999), which was screened in the United States during his research fellowship New York City, has since broadened his Japanese and Western audiences.

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