After a career as a folk singer and scenario writer, KOBAYASHI Masahiro (1954-2022, Japan) directed his feature debut Closing Time in 1996. He then set up the film production company Monkey Town Productions. His films have been screened in Cannes and other festivals and brought him international attention. The Rebirth (2007) won a Golden Leopard in Locarno. In 2008, his work was shown in a retrospective at the IFFR. Strangers When We Meet (2013) is Kobayashi's contribution to the digital project of the Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea).
Closing Time (1996), Bootleg Film (1999), 1 shukan aiyoku nikki (2000), Koroshi/Film Noir (2000), Joshi shain aiyoku izonsho (2001), Aruku, hito/Man Walking on Snow (2001), Kanzen-naru shiiku: Onna rihatsushi no koi/Amazing Story (2003), Flic (2004), Bashing (2005), Eejanaika nippon miyagi hen kesennuma densetsu (2006), Shiawase/The Happiness (2006), Ai no yokan/The Rebirth (2007), Byakuya/A White Night (2009), Wakanarai/Where Are You? (2009), 'Wakanarai' no sekai (2010 doc), Haru tono tabi/Haru's Journey (2010), Girigiri no onnatachi/Women on the Edge (2011), Nippon no higeki/Japan's Tragedy (2012), Strangers When We Meet (2013)