Joji Matsuoka

Jōji Matsuoka (松岡 錠司, Matsuoka Jōji, born November 7, 1961) is a Japanese film director. After studying filmmaking in the College of Art at Nihon University,[1] he won an award for his independent short Inaka no hōsoku at the Pia Film Festival in 1984.[2] He directed his first commercial feature, Bataashi kingyo, in 1990 and received a number of awards for best new director, including the Hochi Film Award.[3] He won the Japan Academy Prize for best director for his film Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad.[4] Matsuoka is known for his delicate depictions of complicated romantic and familial relationships, including a homosexual triangle in Kirakira Hikaru, a daughter caring for an abusive but now senile mother in Akashia no Michi, and a son caring for a cancer-stricken mother in Tokyo Tower. He has also shot many television commercials.[1] His best known and most successful TV show is the Midnight Diner - Tokyo Stories.

Jōji Matsuoka
Born (1961-11-07) November 7, 1961 (age 58)
OccupationFilm director



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  1. ^ a b Matsuoka, Atsushi (24 July 2008). "Eiga kantoku Matsuoka Jōji ga kataru". Mai Komi Jānaru (in Japanese). Retrieved 12 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Gerow, Aaron. "Matsuoka Joji and Tokyo Tower." Tangemania: Aaron Gerow's Japanese Film Page. 10 September 2009. Accessed 12 September 2009
  3. ^ "Hōchi Eigashō rekidai jushō ichiran". Cinema Hochi (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  4. ^ Mark Schilling (2008-02-15). "Tokyo Tower tops Japanese awards". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-27.

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