AOYAMA Shinji (1965, Kitakyushu, Japan) was educated at Rikkyo University. He attended classes on cinema taught by Hasumi Shigehiko, Japan’s most important film critic in the 1980s. After graduating from Rikkyo in 1989, Aoyama started working as an assistant director on a number of films and television programmes. He made his début as a director in 1995 with It’s Not in the Textbook! Aoyama is widely respected as a key figure in the Japanese film revival.
Kyokasho ni nai!/It’s Not in the Textbook! (1995), Helpless (1996), 1/5 (1996, short), Waga mune ni kyoki ni ari/A Weapon in My Heart (1996), Chinpira/Two Punks (1996), Wild Life (1997), Tsumetai chi/An Obsession (1997), Shady Groove (1999), EM/Embalming (1999), June 12 1998 (1999, doc), Eureka (2000), To the Alley (2001, doc), Tsuki no sabaku/Desert Moon (2002), Song of Ajima (2002, doc), Shusei tabi nikki/Days in the Shade (2003, short), Reikusaido mada kesu/Lakeside Murder Case (2004), Eri Eri rema sabakutani/My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? (2005), Kôrogi/Crickets (2006), Saddo bakeshon/Sad Vacation (2007)