Hugo Sakamoto

14 September 2022

In 2016, at the age of 20, he released a romantic film about a couple whose hobby is murder, “Bae” which won the Grand Prix of the Cruel Student Film Festival 2016. At that time, Director Koji Shiraishi (The Curse, Impossibility Defense) said he is “jealous of his talent”. His next film, “Hangman’s Knot”, a violent film about a psychopathic killer and his confrontation with his violent brothers, won a double award for Best New Director and Best Actor at the Kanazawa Film Festival 2017.

In the subsequent black comedy “Pan” set in a bakery won the Grand Prix in the short film section of the MOOSIC LAB and the Grand Prix in the short film competition section of the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. He also won the Special Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, his first attempt at participating in an international film festival, and swept the independent film world with his over whelming depiction of violence while still in college. His talent was highlighted at the Summer Horror Treasures Festival in 2018, where his works were featured in a special screening.His commercial debut film,”Family Wars” was inspired by a real-life incident and was the subject of much controversy on social media,with audience calling the film “inappropriate”.

Fans of horror and violence films rushed to the theater for the screening, praising the film’s exquisite combination of brutality and ridiculousness, blood and laughter. As a rising star in the Japanese violence film industry, he is one of the most talked about directors today.

In 2021, he released “A Janitor” in February, and “Baby Assassins” in July, and his fame sky rocketed. In particular,”Baby Assassins” has been a huge hit in Japan and has been screened at several international film festivals,attracting attention from around the world