Shinji Sōmai

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Shinji Sōmai
Born (1948-01-13)13 January 1948
Morioka, Iwate, Japan
Died 9 September 2001(2001-09-09) (aged 53)
Isehara, Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation Film director
Years active 1980-2000

Shinji Sōmai (相米 慎二, Sōmai Shinji, 13 January 1948 – 9 September 2001) was a Japanese film director. He directed 13 films between 1980 and 2000.


His film Moving was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1] His 1998 film, Wait and See, won the FIPRESCI prize at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999.[2]

Style and influences[edit]

The Edinburgh International Film Festival artistic director Chris Fujiwara noted that American film director Nicholas Ray and French film director Jean Vigo shared Somai's sensibilites.[3]


Further reading[edit]

  • Kimura, Tatsuya; Nakamura, Hideyuki; Fujii, Jinshi, eds. (2011). 甦る相米慎二 [Shinji Somai: A Film Director in the Japanese Post-Studio Era] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Inscrpit. ISBN 978-4-900997-32-5. 


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Moving". Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (21 February 1999). "'Line' best in Berlin - Variety". Variety. 
  3. ^ Dunn, Jamie (28 May 2012). "Forgotten Man: EIFF director Chris Fujiwara on Shinji Somai". The Skinny. 

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