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Shunji Iwai is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound and Cinematography Japonais born on 24 january 1963 at Sendai (Japon)

Shunji Iwai

Shunji Iwai
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Birth name 岩井 俊二
Nationality Japon
Birth 24 january 1963 (61 years) at Sendai (Japon)

Shunji Iwai (岩井 俊二, Iwai Shunji, born 24 January 1963) is a Japanese film director, video artist, writer and documentary maker.

Usually with

Yu Aoi
Yu Aoi
(6 films)
Ken Mitsuishi
Ken Mitsuishi
(6 films)
Ayumi Itō
Ayumi Itō
(5 films)
Isao Yukisada
Isao Yukisada
(5 films)
Tomohiro Kaku
Tomohiro Kaku
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shunji Iwai (19 films)

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Tokyo! (2008)
, 1h52
Directed by Michel Gondry, Bong Joon-ho, Leos Carax
Origin France
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Anthology film, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Prison films, Transport films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Ayako Fujitani, Ryō Kase, Denis Lavant, Jean-François Balmer, Ayumi Itō, Teruyuki Kagawa
Rating69% 3.49843.49843.49843.49843.4984
Directed by Michel Gondry. It is an adaptation of the short story comic "Cecil and Jordan in New York" by Gabrielle Bell.
Ritual (2000)
, 2h8
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Shunji Iwai, Ayako Fujitani, Jun Murakami, Shinobu Ōtake, Suzuki Matsuo, Megumi Hayashibara
Roles Director
Rating74% 3.7461753.7461753.7461753.7461753.746175
Les destins d'un réalisateur introverti et d'une fille paumée et quelque peu dérangée s'entrecroisent.


A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gō Jibiki, Kazuaki Kiriya, Nana Natsume, Lily
Rating71% 3.592483.592483.592483.592483.59248
Nanami est une enseignante apathique et travaille à temps partiel au collège. Son seul réconfort vient de la connexion avec les autres sur "Planet", un nouveau service de réseau social. Un jour, un jeune homme nommé Tetsuya lui envoie un message et demande à se rencontrer en personne. Les deux commencent à se fréquenter et se fiancent rapidement.
The Case of Hana & Alice, 1h40
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Animation
Actors Anne Suzuki, Yu Aoi, Ryo Katsuji, Haru Kuroki, Tae Kimura, Ranran Suzuki
Rating71% 3.5506253.5506253.5506253.5506253.550625
Alice est une nouvelle élève du collège Ishinomori, au Japon. Dès son arrivée, elle entend une rumeur : un collégien, nommé Judas, aurait disparu l'année précédente.
Vampire (2012)
, 2h
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Vampires in film
Actors Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hugues, Amanda Plummer, Yu Aoi, Trevor Morgan, Kristin Kreuk
Rating52% 2.6125552.6125552.6125552.6125552.612555
Simon (Kevin Zegers) is a seemingly ordinary biology teacher that spends much of his spare time caring for his Alzheimers-ridden mother Helga (Amanda Plummer). This ends up not being the case, as Simon believes himself to be a vampire and spends much of his time looking at online sites for suicidal women who would make for easy prey. One such woman, Jellyfish (Keisha Castle-Hughes), is tricked into believing that she and Simon will both be killing one another, only for Simon to drink her blood after he administers sleeping pills and draws blood from her. Along with his vampiric hobby, Simon tries to keep his mother indoors by putting her in a straitjacket-esque contraption tied to several large balloons. It's when Simon meets Laura (Rachael Leigh Cook) that things begin to unravel, as she grows obsessed with him to the point where she breaks into his home. Things begin to further devolve when Renfield (Trevor Morgan), a man who also believes himself to be a vampire, emerges onto the scene and is far more violent than Simon ever dared to be.
New York, I Love You, 1h50
Directed by Jiang Wen, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman, Yvan Attal, Andreï Zviaguintsev, Scarlett Johansson, Fatih Akın, Albert et Allen Hughes, Brett Ratner, Mira Nair, Joshua Marston, Shunji Iwai
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Anthology film, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Hayden Christensen, Bradley Cooper, Andy García, Justin Bartha, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom
Rating61% 3.0985453.0985453.0985453.0985453.098545
New York, I Love You est, comme pour Paris, je t'aime, un travail collectif de onze courts-métrages, faisant chacun environ dix minutes. Les réalisateurs ayant participé au film ont filmé leur segment dans les cinq boroughs de New York. Chaque segment n'a pas de lien direct avec les autres mais tous tournent autour du même thème : trouver le grand amour et le plaisir du sexe.
Hana and Alice, 2h15
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Anne Suzuki, Yu Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku, Hiroshi Abe, Takao Ōsawa, Tae Kimura
Rating71% 3.595253.595253.595253.595253.59525
When Alice develops a crush on a stranger at the train station, she offers her best friend, Hana, the stranger's "half brother," Masashi. Hana declines, but after watching Masashi from a distance, she develops feelings for him. She stalks him by traveling on his regular train throughout the winter.
All About Lily Chou-Chou, 2h26
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Musical, Crime, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about school violence
Actors Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Itō, Hayato Ichihara, Takao Ōsawa, Miwako Ichikawa, Yu Aoi
Rating74% 3.746933.746933.746933.746933.74693
All About Lily Chou-Chou follows two boys, Shūsuke Hoshino and Yūichi Hasumi, from the start of junior middle school when they first meet, and into second grade. The film has a discontinuous storyline, starting midway through the story, just after the second term of junior high school begins, then flashes back to the first term and summer vacation, and then skips back to the present.
April Story, 1h7
Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe, Matsumoto Kōshirō IX, Kanji Tsuda, Ken Mitsuishi, Yōsuke Eguchi
Rating70% 3.5489253.5489253.5489253.5489253.548925
Uzuki Nireno, a shy girl from the countryside of northern Hokkaidō, leaves her family and gets on a train bound for Tokyo so she can attend the university of her choice; to be near the boy she fell in love with, who moved to Tokyo from her hometown.
Picnic (1996)
, 1h8
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Fujiko Yamamoto, Kazue Ito, Keiichi Suzuki
Rating70% 3.541793.541793.541793.541793.54179
Deux fous, Satoru et Tsumuji, décident de grimper sur le mur de l'asile pour voir le monde extérieur, sans pour autant s'échapper. La jeune Coco, que ses parents viennent tout juste de faire interner, les suit et décide d'aller voir plus loin. Tous trois décident ainsi de parcourir le monde, toujours juchés sur un mur.
Swallowtail Butterfly, 2h28
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Hiroshi Mikami, Chara, Ayumi Itō, Yōsuke Eguchi, Tomoko Yamaguchis, Nene Ōtsuka
Rating74% 3.745573.745573.745573.745573.74557
The film is set in Tokyo at an unspecified point in the near future when the Japanese yen has become the strongest currency in the world. This attracts an influx of immigrants, legal and illegal, to work in the city. The immigrants give the city the nickname Yen Town (円都, ien taun). The Japanese natives, however, despise the nickname, and in retribution call the immigrants by the homophone Yen Thieves (円盗, ien taun), anglicised as "Yentowns" in the film's English subtitles.
Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?, 49minutes
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Megumi Okina, Ken Mitsuishi, Tomorowo Taguchi
Rating69% 3.49083.49083.49083.49083.4908
One summer day a group of sixth-grade boys have an argument about whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from different angles and embark on a journey for the answer during the annual firework festival. Meanwhile, one of their classmates, Nazuna, is troubled by her parents' separation and decides to choose one of the boys to run away with.
Love Letter, 1h57
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Miki Sakai, Ranran Suzuki, Ken Mitsuishi
Rating78% 3.9468753.9468753.9468753.9468753.946875
Hiroko Watanabe lives in Kobe and has lost her fiancé Itsuki Fujii in a mountain climbing accident. On the day of his memorial ceremony, two years after his death, Hiroko looks through his high-school yearbook at his parents' house. Mrs. Fujii explains that they used to live in Otaru, and that their old house is now replaced by a highway. Nevertheless, Hiroko records the address she sees under the name "Itsuki Fujii" in the yearbook, and decides to write him a letter. Surprisingly, she receives a reply from Fujii. Unsure who sent the reply, she keeps writing and finds out it was not from her dead fiancé, but from a woman also named Itsuki Fujii who went to high school with her fiancé and bears a striking resemblance to Hiroko. The movie cuts back and forth between Hiroko and Female Itsuki based on the letters they send to each other.
Ghost Soup
Ghost Soup (1993)
, 58minutes
Directed by Shunji Iwai
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Ranran Suzuki, Ken Mitsuishi, Fujiko Yamamoto
Rating61% 3.053273.053273.053273.053273.05327
It's Christmas Eve in Tokyo as Ichiro is moving into his new apartment one month ahead of schedule. As he is getting settled in, two strangers enter the apartment and are surprised to find him there. They begin complaining that he is upsetting their plans for a Christmas party to be thrown in the apartment that night before attempting to kick him out.