Yoshida was born in 1963. After graduating from Waseda University, he directed commercials and won numerous awards. In 2007, he directed his first feature film Funuke Show Some Love You Losers!, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Film and Best Director for The Kirishima Thing (2012). Yoshida excels in portrayals of female characters, and this year we’re putting a spotlight on his work with the screenings of Funuke Show Some Love You Losers!, Permanent Nobara (2010), and Pale Moon (2014).