Toshiaki TOYODA 豊田利晃

The Miracle Of Crybaby Shottan


Nippon Cinema   ª 

The life of a Shogi (Japanese chess) player requires utmost commitment. Whoever does not achieve a certain rank by the age of 26 loses any and all chance of becoming a professional player. At 26, Shoji finds himself in a situation where only a miracle can help. In his latest picture, director Toshiaki TOYODA combines a sensitive character portrait with a fascinating study of a parallel society.

Nakimushi shottan no kiseki

Japan 2018

127 minutes

Toshiaki TOYODA

Toshiaki TOYODA based on a novel by Shoji SEGAWA


About Toshiaki TOYODA

Toshiaki TOYODA was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1969 and was still a child when he began playing professional Shogi. He began his film career as a scriptwriter for Junji SAKAMOTO. His films have regularly been screened internationally ever since he debuted in 1998 with PORNOSTAR (1998 / NC ’00). Works of his screened at Nippon Connection include BLUE SPRING (2002 / NC ’02), THE BLOOD OF REBIRTH (2009 / NC ’10), I'M FLASH (2012 / NC ’13) and THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN (2018 / NC ’19).

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