films seen
11
average score
3.77*
nationality
Japan - 52 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Maverick director who likes to do things his own way. With a strong rock/punk aesthetic, a willingness to be unorthodox and an excess of talent, Toyoda worked his way up as one of the most interesting contemporary Japanese directors.

Rare treats

The Day of Destruction

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Hakai no Hi
Specifics
Japan [2020] - 57m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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The Day of Destruction poster

Toshiaki Toyoda is back. The renegade director returns with a film that tackles the current epidemic, though not without some broader stabs at humankind's greed and egocentricity. While there is a rough narrative, The Day of Destruction is a mood piece first and foremost, hammering home its message. This is the Toyoda I love.

Monsters Club

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 71m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Monsters Club poster

Monsters Club is my favorite Toyoda so far. The film is a beauty, the atmosphere is tangible and the imagery unique.

The good stuff

Blood of Rebirth

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Yomigaeri no Chi
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 83m
Genre
Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Blood of Rebirth poster

I still need to see Hanging Garden and Unchain, that said I believe Blood of Rebirth belongs to Toyoda's best output to date and could be the start of something beautiful.

Blue Spring

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Aoi Haru
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 83m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Blue Spring poster

Blue Spring was the break-through film for Toyoda and Matsuda. This high school punk drama is quite particular to Japan and might come off a little strange at first, but the mix of violence and drama is actually quite poetic and moving. Well acted, superbly directed and to the point, this is definitely a film for the history books.

I'm Flash!

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 91m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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I'm Flash! poster

I'm Flash isn't going to become one of Toyoda's best loved films, but it surely is a great experience that is unique to the skills of the director.

Crows Explode

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Kurozu Explode
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 129m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Crows Explode poster

Toyoda made an impeccable sequel to Miike's first two films.

9 Souls

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Nain Souruzu
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 120m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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9 Souls poster

An impressive road trip that combines strong crime elements with light comedy and drama. Toyoda's hand is ever present, the cast does an amazing job, the score is on point and there are plenty of memorable bits. Within Toyoda's oeuvre it may not be a stand-out, then again he's directed so many superb films it's hardly a point of critique. An underappreciated gem.

Shiver

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Senritsu Seshimeyo
Specifics
Japan [2021] - 89m
Genre
Music, Experimental
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Shiver poster

Toyoda gets a little weird. He strips virtually all narrative elements and delivers a visual album/album film based on the unique collaboration between Koshiro Hino and the Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble. Hauntingly rhythmic music combined with fitting visuals make for a riveting experience, but this isn't going to be for everyone.

Solid pieces

Hanging Garden

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Kûchû Teien
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 114m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Hanging Garden poster

The inoffensive

Pornostar

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Also known as
Poruno Sutâ
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 98m
Genre
Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Pornostar poster

Dubious filler

Unchain

by Toshiaki Toyoda
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 98m
Genre
Documentary, Sport
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Unchain poster