Ryuichi Hiroki

Hiroki Ryuichi

  • Name: Hiroki Ryuichi
  • Native name: 廣木隆一
  • Also Known as: Hiroki Ryuuichi, ひろきりゅういち, 広木隆一
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 1, 1954
  • Age: 70
Hiroki Ryuichi is a Japanese film director. He won critical acclaim for 800 Two Lap Runners. Film critic and researcher Alexander Jacoby has described Hiroki as "one of the modern Japanese cinema's most intelligent students of character".

Of the directors who have graduated from “pink film” to the mainstream, Hiroki has remained perhaps the most faithful to his origins: he continues to make films on sexual themes, though titillation has given way to analysis. In the eighties, after serving as assistant to prolific “pink” director Genji Nakamura, he made pornographic films for both straight and gay audiences; likewise, his first mainstream feature, 800 Two Lap Runners (1994), explored both hetero- and homosexual feelings in its account of the awkward relationship between a teenage runner and the former girlfriend of the dead trackmate with whom he once had a sexual experience.

Hiroki’s next film, Midori, was another drama about adolescent emotions, focusing on a disaffected high school girl who feigns illness to spend time with her boyfriend. Female protagonists continued to be central to Hiroki’s most interesting work, which dealt with young adults and with their sexual conduct in the fragmented society of modern urban Japan. Tokyo Trash Baby, Vibrator, and Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World were all moving, understated films about lonely, alienated women seeking solace in romantic fantasy and transient attachments.

Hiroki shot these films on digital video, and his informal style, with its loose compositions and low-key performances, effectively dramatized the haphazard lives of his protagonists, insecure both in work and relationships. Darker and more melodramatic in the plot was L’Amant (2004), a coolly observed account of a teenage schoolgirl who sells herself for a year as a sex slave to three brothers. By refusing to pass judgment on the perverse actions it depicted, Hiroki’s detached style forced the viewer to confront his own taboos. The director again explored the extremes of sexual behavior in M (2006); described by Jasper Sharp as “a Belle de Jour for the internet age,” it charted the experiences of a housewife who begins to work as a prostitute after receiving an email from a dating website.

Besides these troubling and emotionally complex films, The Silent Big Man was an unexpectedly chaste academic work, set safely in the past, and prettily photographed against the scenic backdrops of the Inland Sea. Recalling Keisuke Kinoshita in its story of a mute teacher assigned to an island school, it lacked Kinoshita’s skill for melodrama, and though Hiroki’s dry style restrained its sentimentality somewhat, he seemed ill suited to the material.

Happily, with It’s Only Talk, a subtly compelling chronicle of the life of an unemployed thirty-something woman suffering from manic depression, Hiroki returned to his more fruitful preoccupation with the problems of contemporary urban life. Here his use of locations in Tokyo’s down-at-heel Kamata district was especially well judged, anchoring the drama in a near-documentary record of a specific place. Love on Sunday, meanwhile, revisited the territory of the director’s earliest mainstream features, exploring adolescent emotions as it charted a teenage girl’s last 24 hours in her country home. In his recent work, Hiroki has proved himself one of the modern Japanese cinema’s most intelligent students of character, as well as one of the most precise analysts of Tokyo’s twenty-first-century zeitgeist and Japan’s twenty-first-century malaise.

(Source: A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors) Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2024 Ikitoshi Ikerumono
Special
0.0
2022 Phases of the Moon
Movie
7.6
2022 Motherhood
Movie
7.7
2022 The Demon Over There
Movie
0.0
2022 Modern Love Tokyo
Drama
7.5
2022 You've Got a Friend
Movie
6.3
2022 Noise
Movie
7.2
2021 Ride or Die
Movie
6.4
2020 Toshi no Sakon
Drama
7.4
2020 Takeuchi Ryoma no Satsukyu
Drama
7.7
2018 It's Boring Here, Pick Me Up
Movie
6.5
2018 The Many Faces of Ito
Movie
6.9
2017 The Miracles of the Namiya General Store
Movie
8.1
2017 Ito-kun A to E
Drama
7.2
2017 Side Job
Movie
6.7
2017 P to JK
Movie
7.0
2016 Natsumi's Firefly
Movie
7.3
2016 Hibana: Spark
Drama
7.4
2016 Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Movie
7.3
2016 Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso
Special
7.0
2015 Strobe Edge
Movie
7.4
2015 Her Granddaughter
Movie
7.0
2015 Kabukicho Love Hotel
Movie
7.1
2013 I Love You
Drama
7.6
2013 Crying 100 Times: Every Raindrop Falls
Movie
6.9
2013 Sodom no Ringo
Drama
6.3
2013 Nobody's Perfect
Movie
7.9
2013 Yellow Elephant
Movie
7.1
2011 The Egoists
Movie
6.6
2010 The Lightning Tree
Movie
7.3
2009 April Bride
Movie
7.3
2008 New Type: Just For Your Love
Movie
6.5
2008 Your Friends
Movie
7.0
2008 Bakushi
Movie
3.0
2008 Tokyo Shojo
Drama
7.3
2008 Sepia's Memory
Drama
7.1
2007 Keitai Deka Zenigata Kai Season 2
Drama
0.0
2007 M
Movie
7.2
2007 I Loved
Movie
7.1
2006 Love on Sunday
Movie
6.5
2006 Keitai Deka Zenigata Rai Season 2
Drama
0.0
2006 Keitai Deka Zenigata
Drama
7.3
2005 Koi Suru Nichiyobi: Bungaku no Uta - Shinkyo
Special
0.0
2005 It's Only Talk
Movie
6.6
2005 Koi Suru Nichiyobi: Bungaku no Uta
Special
0.0
2005 Female
Movie
6.4
2005 Koi Suru Nichiyobi: Series 2
Special
0.0
2004 Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World
Movie
6.2
2004 Locomotive Teacher
Movie
7.6
2004 4TEEN
Drama
0.0
2004 L’Amant
Movie
6.9
2003 Vibrator
Movie
6.8
2003 Hitonatsu no Papa e
Drama
7.2
2002 Barber's Sorrow
Movie
4.0
2001 Labyrinth of Leg Fetishism
Movie
0.0
2000 I Am an S + M Writer
Movie
5.9
2000 Tokyo Trash Baby
Movie
6.7
1999 Tenshi ni Misuterareta Yoru
Movie
6.0
1998 Nacchan's House
Drama
0.0
1996 Midori
Movie
6.6
1995 Slope ga Tokeru Hodo Koishitai
Movie
0.0
1995 Kimi to Itsumademo
Movie
3.0
1994 800: Two Lap Runners
Movie
1.0
1994 Evil Dream
Movie
6.0
1990 Sawako's Love. A Good Lie Love Course
Movie
0.0
1985 Our Moment
Movie
0.0
1984 Teacher, Don't Light My Body
Movie
0.0
1984 Hakuchu Joshi Kosei o Okasu
Movie
0.0
1983 Our Season
Movie
2.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2018 Marmalade Boy
Movie
7.3
2013 Umibe no Machi de
Movie
8.0
2012 River
Movie
6.9
2009 Bokura wa aruku, tada soredake
Movie
6.8
Producer
Year Title Type Rating
1984 Turkey no 48-jikan
Movie
0.0
1984 Lower Body Syndrome
Movie
0.0
Assistant Director
Year Title Type Rating
1981 Koshoku Hana Densha
Movie
8.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2023 Crank
Japanese Movie, 2023,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
2015 Piece of Cake
Japanese Movie, 2015,
[Movie director] (Guest Role)
[Movie director]
Guest Role
6.9
2008 Tokyo Soda Water
Japanese Movie, 2008,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.0
2002 Itai Futari
Japanese Movie, 2002,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
2002 The Mars Canon
Japanese Movie, 2002,
(Support Role)
Support Role
8.0
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  • First Name: Ryuichi
  • Family Name: Hiroki
  • Native name: 廣木隆一
  • Also Known as: Hiroki Ryuuichi, ひろきりゅういち, 広木隆一
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 1, 1954
  • Age: 70

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