Graduating from pink films to the mainstream, Hiroki has built his international reputation with moving, understated films about lonely, alienated women seeking solace in romantic fantasies and transient attachments, such as Tokyo Trash Baby (2000), Vibrator (2003), and Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World (2004). In his recent works, including Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014), Hiroki has proved himself as one of contemporary Japanese cinema’s most intelligent students of character, as well as one of the most precise analysts of Tokyo’s 21st- century zeitgeist and Japan’s 21st-century malaise.