is a Japanese film director
, composer, and novelist. He graduated from Rikkyo University
. He won two awards at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
for his film Eureka
Shinji Aoyama was born in Kitakyūshū
, Fukuoka Prefecture
, Japan, where he attended Kitakyushu Midorigaoka public junior/senior high school. He graduated in 1989 from Rikkyo University
, where he majored in film studies in the department of British and American Studies. While he was a student, he was deeply influenced by the theorist and film critic Shigehiko Hasumi
, from whom he took classes.
After graduating, Aoyama worked as an assistant director to Swiss independent film director Daniel Schmid
, Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
, and others. In 1995 he made his directorial debut with the V-Cinema
production Kyokasho ni nai!
(Very Private Lesson), based on the manga
publication of the same name.
In 1996 Aoyama made Helpless
, a film set in his native Fukuoka. His 2000 film Eureka
, also set in Fukuoka, opened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
where it received both the FIPRESCI
prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
. Together with the 2007 film Sad Vacation
comprise Aoyama's "Kitakyushu Saga".
Aoyama's literary output includes his 2001 novelization
, which won the Yukio Mishima Prize
, as well as the novel Hotel Chronicles
, which was nominated for the Noma Literary Prize
Shinji Aoyama is married to Japanese actress Maho......