Ryuichi Hiroki: Japanese Gem

This guy is all over the map: sometimes a hired gun for manga adaptations or Pure Love stories; sometimes nudging up to exploitation; sometimes insightful. He knows how to photograph women; he's great at getting character out of actors. His films are never better than his leading lady--everyone knows this. I love him to death. I'm only listing the films I've seen. They are ranked roughly from most to least enjoyed.

  • Kabukicho Love Hotel
  • Tokyo Trash Baby
  • Vibrator
  • Yellow Elephant
  • Last Words
  • Strobe Edge
  • Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World
  • I Am an S+M Writer
  • M
  • River
  • Side Job
  • Love on Sunday
  • Wolf Girl and Black Prince
  • April Bride
  • Your Friend
  • L'amant
  • It's Only Talk
  • Her Granddaughter
  • New Type: Just For Your Love
  • Policeman and Me
  • Female