Takahashi: My protagonist is always an outlaw.
Since beginning his filmmaking career at Toei, Gen Takahashi has rigorously defined himself as a true independent spirit.
He has maintained a maverick sensibility throughout his self-administered education in filmmaking, work methods and even thematic motifs within his films.
Sure enough, he has been working outside of Japan since 2002, and in 2004 established his Hong Kong-based production company Grand CafÃ© Pictures. His filmography includes his debut Heartless (1992), Lucky Killer (1993), Lady Plastic (2001) and Charon (2005), which won the Fantaland Grand Prix at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.
Easily his crowning achievement thus far, Confessions of a Dog (2006) skillfully blends gripping genre elements with social commentary in its three hour-plus portrayal of corruption within the Japanese police force. His most recent film is 2008’s Goth.