Shinobu Yaguchi

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Shinobu Yaguchi
Born (1967-05-30) 30 May 1967 (age 51)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Shinobu Yaguchi (矢口 史靖, Yaguchi Shinobu, born 30 May 1967) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He specializes in feel-good "zero to hero" films, where a group of people take up an unlikely activity, face a number of obstacles, but finally succeed.[citation needed] His film Waterboys was particularly successful and led to a TV series which entered its third season in 2005. He was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2005 Yokohama Film Festival for his film Swing Girls.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Story Genre
1990 '"Rain Woman" (Ameonna) The anarchic misadventures of two girls. Comedy
1993 Down the Drain (Hadashi no Pikunikku) After trying to use her friend's train pass, schoolgirl Junko (Noburu Iguchi) experiences a series of misadventures as she makes her way through a less-than-friendly depiction of modern Japan. Black comedy
1996 Bird Watching Short film
1997 My Secret Cache (Himitsu no hanazono) Bank teller Sakiko Suzuki (Naomi Nishida) experiences a series of bad luck as she chases her money through her hometown. Not to be confused with the 2007 TV series. Comedy
1999 Adrenaline Drive (Adorenarin doraibu) Nerdy clerk Suzuki (Masanobu Ando)'s car bumps into another car and finds himself facing Kuroiwa (Kirina Mano), who turns out to be a gangster. And so begins a crazy chase that will soon gain him adventure, confidence, and love with a shy nurse. Black comedy
1999 One Piece! The rules: directors must create a short film without using any camera movement or editing. A story has to be told in "one piece" of celluloid. Not to be confused with the anime series. Short film
2001 Waterboys Based on a true event that chronicles five boys' attempts to form a synchronized swimming team at their high school. The film's success sparked a TV spin-off, its TV sequel and a two-part TV special. Comedy
2002 Parco Fiction Toru struggles with the madcap fall-out of an environmental matter that somehow lands in his convenience store. Comedy
2004 Swing Girls Based on a true story of high school girls' efforts to form a traditional jazz band in rural Yamagata prefecture. Comedy
2008 Happy Flight Pilots, flight attendants and passengers struggle to cope with a number of misadventures during their Japan-Hawaii flight. Comedy
2012 Robo-G Three employees of the Kimura Electrical Company are due to present a new robot to an important exhibition. Comedy
2014 Wood Job A young man decides to join a forestry training program. Comedy
2017 Survival Family Comedy


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