Ryosuke Hashiguchi

Hashiguchi Ryosuke

  • Name: Hashiguchi Ryosuke
  • Native name: 橋口亮輔
  • Also Known as: はしぐち りょうすけ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: July 13, 1962
  • Age: 61
A subtle dramatist and chronicler of gay subculture in Japan, Hashiguchi won the PIA Film Festival scholarship for his short film, A Secret Evening (Yūbe no Himitsu, 1989), and thus was able to fund his first low-budget feature, A Touch of Fever (Hatachi no binetsu, 1993). This bleak yet compassionate story of the lives of teenage hustlers in Tokyo was followed by Like Grains of Sand (Nagisa no Shindobaddo, 1995), an appealingly quirky rites-of-passage movie about a high school boy’s crush on his best friend. Both films were intelligent examinations of the fluidity of youthful sexual identity. Hashiguchi’s next work was Hush (Hasshu, 2001), a melancholy comedy about the triangular relationship between a closeted, thirty-something gay man, his partner, and the unhappy woman who wants him to father her child. Looser and freer in style than his earlier films, it hinted that homosexuality might be liberating in the context of Japan’s restrictive family structures.
Hashiguchi’s work has proved admirable for its depth of characterization and delicacy of approach. He elicits subtle performances from his actors, using an austere technique that employs long takes, often without camera movement, to record details of gesture, posture, and intonation, thereby suggesting depths of feeling and motivation which are not verbally expressed. In consequence, his films paradoxically seem both dispassionate and intimate. His impartial, observant method respects the ambiguities of human behavior, acknowledging the gulfs between people and the impossibility of complete understanding. The viewer’s first impressions of his characters are often misleading: thus, in A Touch of Fever and Like Grains of Sand, the people who initially seem the most assured turn out ultimately to be the most insecure, while Hush deftly charted the shifting balance of power between lovers, friends, and family members.
Hashiguchi’s stories have striven to avoid pat dramatic effects, preferring to mirror the untidiness of real life. The endings of his first two features were remarkably inconclusive, and much of the power of Hush lay in its unpredictable switches between humor and tragedy (as in the sudden death of the protagonist’s brother). Hashiguchi’s non-judgmental sympathy for flawed individuals has made him one of the most engaging Japanese directors of recent years. It is a matter of regret that he has not been more prolific, especially as he seems intent on exploring new territory: at the time of writing, he had just completed his fourth feature, the first to focus primarily on heterosexual characters.

(Source: A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors) Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1984 Whistling Boy
Movie
0.0
1981 Lala...
Movie
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2021 Hatsu Joji Made Ato 1 Jikan
Drama
7.1
2015 Three Stories of Love
Movie
6.0
2008 All Around Us
Movie
7.1
2002 Hush!
Movie
7.0
1995 Like Grains of Sand
Movie
7.3
1993 A Touch of Fever
Movie
6.4
1986 Hyururu... 1985
Movie
4.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1995 Like Grains of Sand
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Psychiatrist (Bit part)
Psychiatrist
Bit part
7.3
1986 Hyururu... 1985
Japanese Movie, 1986,
(Main Role)
Main Role
4.0
1981 Lala...
Japanese Movie, 1981,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
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  • First Name: Ryosuke
  • Family Name: Hashiguchi
  • Native name: 橋口亮輔
  • Also Known as: はしぐち りょうすけ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: July 13, 1962
  • Age: 61

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