Shimomoto, born August 14, 1948 in Osaka, Japan, is a Japanese actor and director best known for appearing in many pink and V-cinema films. He started his career as an actor in director Takahashi Banmei’s pink films in the early 1970s. He has worked with Takahashi in many other films and has also starred in the works of other noted filmmakers, including, Wakamatsu K?ji, Fumakachi Akira, Izutsu Kazuyuki, and Kataoka Shuji among others, amassing a filmography of more than 250 pink films. He was given a Best Actor award at the first annual Pink Grand Prix covering the year 1988, and a second in 2006 for his performance in Imaoka Shinji's Mighty Extreme Woman aka Uncle's Paradise. Shimomoto wrote, directed, starred in and did the cinematography for ???????????, released by Shintoho in 1992. Shimomoto was given a Best New Director, 2nd place award at the Pink Grand Prix for that year. Recently he has also starred in mainstream films and TV shows.