PRODUCER & CREATOR: THE SUSHI TYPHOON
A behind-the-scenes creative talent whose work has literally changed the face of the Japanese film industry, 44-year-old producer Yoshinori Chiba began work in advertising at GAGA, but soon transitioned into production when he met director Keita Amemiya, whose ZEIRAM he produced in 1991. The Japanese V-cinema boom hit soon after, and Chiba found himself associated with a filmmaker whose name became virtually synonymous with the budding genre: Takashi Miike. Their FUDOH: THE NEW GENERATION was one of Miike’s biggest hits overseas, and Chiba’s subsequent credits read like a “best of” list from the world of Japanese genre film: ZERO WOMAN, EKO EKO AZERAK, ANOTHER LONELY HITMAN, BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL, NEIGHBOR NO. 13, DEATH TRANCE, THE MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE, and last year’s YATTERMAN, a major studio production which became the biggest hit of Miike’s career. In 2009, he created The Sushi Typhoon and is overseeing our titles currently in production.