Masayuki SUO 周防正行
On Demand: Talking The Pictures
Nippon Cinema ª
In Japan, the early 20th century is the heyday of the benshi: narrators who voice the characters in silent film screenings and who often become bigger stars than the actors themselves. Masayuki SUO stages this period as a fast-paced historical comedy, taking a humorous approach on the early days of Japanese cinema.
About Masayuki SUO
Masayuki SUO, born in Tokyo in 1956, studied French Literature at Rikkyo University. He made his debut as a director with the pink film ABNORMAL FAMILY: OLDER BROTHER’S BRIDE (1984 / NC ’09). He gained international recognition for his award-winning comedies SUMO DO, SUMO DON'T (1992 / NC ’00) and SHALL WE DANCE? (1996). In 1993, he co-founded the production company Altamira Pictures. His drama I JUST DIDN’T DO IT (2007) won the Kinema Junpo Best Film Award. In 2006, he received the Shiju Hosho Medal for his merits in the Japanese film industry.