Daishi Matsunaga was born in Tokyo in 1974. He was featured in "WATER BOYS" (2001 / Director: Shinobu Yaguchi) and other works as an actor. After that, as a director, he completed the documentary film "Pyuupiru" (2011 / Director) which records 8 years of contemporary artist Pyuupiru who has a gender identity disorder. The film was officially invited to the 40th International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival, the Paris International Film Festival and many other film festivals and received wide acclaim.
In 2015, his first feature film "Pieta in the Toilet" (2015 / Director & Scriptwriter / Cast: Yojiro Noda & Hana Sugisaki) was screened in Shinjuku Piccadilly and other movie theaters in Japan. The film won the Silver Award at the 20th Shindo Kaneto Awards and Daishi Matsunaga won the Yoshimitsu Morita Memorial Best New Director Award at the Yokohama Film Festival. This work was also an official selection of the International Competition category of the 16th Jeonju Film Festival, the Japan Now category of the 28th Tokyo International Film and the Voices category of the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam.
In 2017, his documentary film "Vibration: THE YELLOW MONKEY" (2015 / Director) which records a year of activities of THE YELLOW MONKEY who came back after a 15-year hiatus in 2016. The film was an official selection of the Wide Angle category at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and selected as one of the special entries to the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2018, he participated in the second installment of the "Asian Three-Fold Mirror" project launched by the Japan Foundation and the Tokyo International Film Festival as one of the up-and-coming directors in Asia and his work "HEKISHU" was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His film "Hanalei Bay" (2018 / Director & Scriptwriter / Cast: Yo Yoshida, Reo Sano & Nijiro Murakami) adapted from Haruki Murakami's original work "Hanalei Bay" hit the big screen in the same year.
2015"Pieta in the Toilet"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: Yojiro Noda & Hana Sugisaki
2018"Hanalei Bay"【Scriptwriter, Director & Editor】
Cast: Yo Yoshida, Reo Sano & Nijiro Murakami
2022"Pure Japanese" 【Director】
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Aju Makita
2011"Pyuupiru"【Director, Cameraman & Editor】
2013"MMA Documentary - HYBRID"【Director】
2017"Vibration: THE YELLOW MONKEY"【Director】
Cast: THE YELLOW MONKEY
2011"Otokonoko"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: Naoya Shimizu, Takuya Yoshihara
2012"Kazoku"【Scriptwriter, Director & Editor】
Cast: Haruki Takano, Masato Nanbu
2015"Shi to Koi to Nami to"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: Mugi Kadowaki, Amane Okayama
2018"Canaria" from "Utamonogatari -CINEMA FIGHTERS project-"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: TAKAHIRO, Shinya Tsukamoto, Kaho
2018"HEKISHU" from "Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2018: Journey"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa
2019"On The Way" from "That Moment, My Heart Cried -CINEMA FIGHTERS project-"【Scriptwriter & Director】
Cast: Ryuji Imaichi
2012NHK BS Premium "Hadaka ni Shitai Otoko Takenouchi Yutaka"【Director】
2020WOWOW "Love in May 2020"【Director】
Cast: Yo Yoshida, Yo Oizumi
2021FOD&CX "VACATION OF IMAI"【Director】
Cast: Tsubasa Imai
2001Movie "WATER BOYS"【Director: Shinobu Yaguchi】
2002Movie "Hush!"【Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi】
2017Movie "MATSUMOTO TRIBE" as himself【Director: Ken Ninomiya】
"2011 The New Horizons International Film Festival" Special Mention
"Pieta in the Toilet"
The 56th Directors Guild of Japan - New Directors Award
The 20th Shindo Kaneto Awards - Silver Award
The 37th Yokohama Film Festival - Yoshimitsu Morita Memorial Best New Director Award
The 25th Japan Movie Critics Awards - New Director Award
The 13th Cinema Yume Club - Recommendation Committee Special Award
The 14th Chiba City Arts and Culture Newcomer Award
"Love in May 2020"
The 1st WOWOW Creator Award - Grand Prize
Tokyo Drama Awards 2020 - Single Drama Excellent Award
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