Born in Osaka, Japan in 1960. After debuted commercially with 'V-Cinema,' made his feature film debut with Shinjuku Triad Society(1995). Since then, he directed many films regardless of genre, and won many international film awards. His major works include Dead or Alive series(1999- 2002), Ichi the Killer(2001), Crows Zero series(2007, 2009) and Yatterman(2009). His next film The Great Yokai War Guardians will be released this summer 2021.