Shinji Aoyama

Shinji Aoyama 青山真治

Shinji Aoyama  (1964–)  has a magnificent track record as a movie director. He was involved in filmmaking from his student days, and worked as assistant director with Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Daniel Schmid on The Written Face (1995). He made his own directorial debut with Helpless in 1996. Eureka (2000) was shown at the Cannes Film Festival where it won two awards, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Eureka was also the title of Aoyama's first novel, but it is neither a screenplay nor a novelization of the film. While the basic idea behind both book and movie is the same, Aoyama is clearly exploring it in different ways in the two formats. His fiction includes the novel Tsuki no sabaku (Desert of the Moon, 2002), about an IT entrepreneur; Hoteru kuronikuruzu (Hotel Chronicles), a collection of short stories; and Saddo vakeishon (Sad Vacation), a novel that is a sort of sequel to Eureka and Helpless. In 2011 his film Tokyo Koen (Tokyo Park) won the Golden Leopard Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Books by Shinji Aoyama
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    Set in a town in northern Kyushu, this novel recounts the hijacking of a bus and its aftermath. The incident occurs on August 13, 1992, in the stifling heat of midsummer. A youth with a handgun takes over a bus with nine passengers on board and orders the …