Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Kobayashi Masahiro (Kobayashi Masahiro?, born on January 6, 1954 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese film director. Masahiro Kobayashi was born on January 6, 1954 in Tokyo, Japan). He began his career as a folk singer, and then turned to scriptwriting. A great admirer of Fran ois Truffaut, he directed his first feature, Closing Time, in 1996 and in 1997 became the first Japanese filmmaker to win the Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. In its wake, he founded Monkey Town Productions and made three films back to back which won prizes in three consecutive years at Cannes: Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (1999) and Man Walking on Snow (2001) in Un Certain Regard and Koroshi (2000) in the Directors' Fortnight.