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While at the College of Art at Nihon University, he completed his
directorial debut with gPanic High Schoolh on 8mm film, and gained lots of fanatical fans in the process.
With gCrazy Thunder Roadh (1980), he became the spearhead of the Japanese New Wave.
He continued to shoot fresh,avant-garde action films including gBurst Cityh in 1982 and gCrazy Familyhin 1984.
The latter was critically acclaimed both in Japan and abroad, and
won the Grand Prix at the 8th edition of the Salso Film Festival in Italy.
He shot films one after another, such as the Grand Prix winner of Birmingham
Film Festival, gAngel Dusth in 1994, gAugust in the Waterh in 1995, and the Grand Prix winner of the Oslo Film Festival, gLabyrinth of Dreamsh in 1997. After releasing the big-budget new-type period piece gGojoe,h in 2000, he directed gElectric Dragon 80,000 Vh (2001).
It overwhelmed audiences with its rapid moving images and its fast life-like rock sound,
and fascinated many people as a hyper-exciting movie which transcended the genres of film that had existed to that point.
His latest film is gMirrored Mindh (2005) which he not only directed but was producer and cinematographer. For most of his career he has been directing original,underground films which have pushed the limits of Japanese cinema.

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