Toshiaki Toyoda

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Toshiaki Toyoda
Born (1969-03-10) March 10, 1969 (age 48)
Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Film director

Toshiaki Toyoda (豊田利晃, Toyoda Toshiaki, born 10 March 1969, in Osaka[1]) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.


Born in Osaka Prefecture, Toyoda was first a prodigy in the game of shogi or Japanese chess. He attended the Japan Shogi Association's school (Shōreikai) from age 9 with the aim of becoming a professional player. But his interest turned to film and he quit when he was 17.[1] Moving to Tokyo at age 21, he began working with producer Genjirō Arato and director Junji Sakamoto, assisting the latter on the shogi-related film Ōte, for which he helped pen the script.[1] He debuted as a director with the film Pornostar in 1999, a film that earned him the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award.[2] His career continued to rise through films like Blue Spring and 9 Souls, but he suffered a setback when he was arrested on drug charges just before Hanging Garden was released in 2005.[3][4] He resumed directing with the 2009 film The Blood of Rebirth.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Oute (王手, Oute) (1991) Screenplay
  • Biliken (ビリケン, Biriken) (1996) Screenplay
  • Pornostar (ポルノスター, Porunosutā) (1999)
  • Blue Spring (青い春, Aoi haru) (2001)
  • 9 Souls (ナイン・ソウルズ, Nainu sōruzu) (2003)
  • Hanging Garden (空中庭園, Kūchū teien) (2005)
  • The Blood of Rebirth (蘇りの血, Yomigaeri no chi 2009)
  • Monsters Club (モンスターズクラブ, Monsutāzu kurabu) (2012)
  • I'm Flash! (アイム・フラッシュ!, Aimu Furasshu) (2012)
  • Crows Explode (2014)
  • Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki (2018)

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Toyoda Toshiaki: Eigakai no itanji". ZakZak. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Directors Award" (in Japanese). Directors Guild of Japan. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Koizumi Kyōko no shinsaku eiga: kantoku ga taiho daga, kōkai". Cinema Today. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "TFF2012: Interview with Toshiaki Toyoda". TAKE ONE. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "NYAFF Interview: Toshiaki Toyoda, Director of ‘Blood of Rebirth'". The Film Stage. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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