Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

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Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
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Ryūsuke Hamaguchi attending Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2018.
Born (1978-12-16) 16 December 1978 (age 40)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (濱口 竜介, Hamaguchi Ryūsuke, born 16 December 1978, in Kanagawa) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.


After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Hamaguchi worked in the commercial film industry for a few years before entering the graduate program in film at Tokyo University of the Arts.[1] His graduation film Passion was selected for the competition of the 2008 Tokyo Filmex.[2][3][4] With Kō Sakai, he made a three-part documentary about survivors of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, with Voices from the Waves being selected for the competition at the 2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival,[5] and Storytellers winning the Sky Perfect IDEHA Prize.[6] His next film Happy Hour was first developed while Hamaguchi was an artist in residence at KIITO Design and Creative Center Kobe in 2013.[7] It came out of an improvisational acting workshop he held for non-professionals, with many of the film's performers having participated in the workshop.[8] The four lead actresses shared the best actress award and the film earned a special mention for its script at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival.[9] Hamaguchi was also given a special jury award at the 2016 Japan Movie Critic Awards,[10] as well as a best newcomer award in the film division of the Agency for Cultural Affairs's Geijutsu Sensho Awards that year.[11] His Asako I & II was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[12][13]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Passion (2008)
  • The Depths (2010)[14]
  • Touching the Skin of Eeriness (不気味なものの肌に触れる) (2013)
  • Voices from the Waves (なみのこえ) (2013)
  • Storytellers (うたうひと) (2013)
  • Happy Hour (2015)
  • Asako I & II (2018)


  1. ^ 里信, 邦子. "「ハッピーアワー」の濱口監督、「人は本当に思っていることが言えない」". SWI swissinfo (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ "『PASSION』濱口竜介(監督)インタビュー". Eiga Geijutsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Tokyo FILMeX Competition". TOKYO FILMeX 2008. TOKYO FILMeX. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^ "映画に寄せるたおやかなパッション──濱口竜介監督インタヴュー". Flower Wild. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "YIDFF: Past Festivals: 2013: Screening List". Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ "YIDFF: Past Festivals: 2013". Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  7. ^ "濱口竜介監督作品『ハッピーアワー』ロカルノ国際映画祭にて最優秀女優賞受賞/脚本スペシャルメンション授与 KIITO". KIITO (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Dan. "Review: Happy Hour, Ryusuke Hamaguchi". Film Comment. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Palmarès 2015". pardo.ch. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Dai 25-kai Jusho Sakuhin". 日本映画批評家大賞 公式サイト. Japan Movie Critics Award. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Geijutsu Senshō Rekidai Jushōsha Ichiran" (PDF). Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  14. ^ "『親密さ』濱口竜介(監督)インタビュー". Eiga Geijutsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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