Ryuichi SHIMADA was born in Tokyo Prefecture in 1981. After graduating from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, he worked as an assistant director and also made many industrial PR videos. For his first feature-length film NOWHERE TO GO, he received the New Directors Award of the Directors Guild of Japan. After that, he has worked for many film projects as producer and editor. UNDER THE CHERRY TREE (2015 / NC ’16), which he produced, won the Nippon Visions Audience Award in 2016 and other awards. He is currently a professor at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image.