Born in Kitakyushu in 1964, Shinji is considered as a major director of the japanese “Nouvelle Vague”.
He made his debut as film director with Helpless (1996). From 2000, his international carreer grows up. Eureka in competition at Cannes wins the Prize of the Ecumenial Jury. One year later, Desert Moon is selected too for the Palme d’Or.
From 2001 to 2011. Aoyama directs various movies whose Sad Vacation exhibited at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.
In paralell to his director work, he writes book. Besides, he novelizes his own film Eureka which is rewarded by the Critic.
1995 It's not in the Text Book!
1966 A Cop, a Bitch and a Killer
1996 Deux voyous
1997 Wild Life
1997 An Obsession
1998 Shady Grove
1999 EM / Embalming
1999 At the Edge of Chaos (June 12, 1998)
2000 To the Alley: The Films Kenji Nakagami Left Out
2001 Desert Moon
2002 La Forêt sans nom
2002 Song of Ajima
2003 Like a Desperado under the Eaves
2003 Days in the Shade
2004 Lakeside Murder Case
2005 Eli, Eli Lema Sabachtani?
2007 Sad Vacation
2008 Le Petit Chaperon rouge
2011 Tokyo Park
2012 D x Town: Spiders now (série TV)