Born Hiroyuki Tanaka (1964), Sabu is the cult auteur of “punk n’ roll,” alternative comedies, often imitated, but never equaled. Heroes in Sabu’s films are often blue and white collar everymen, tossed into dangerously absurd situations from which they desperately try to run. The Japanese filmmaker has drawn comparisons with Buster Keaton, Johnnie To, and Doug Liman, but his satirical jamborees, more than just friendly black comedies, are truly unlike anything else on the silver screen. He continues to push the boundaries of cinema with his new film, Chasuke’s Journey (2015), which is the Centerpiece Presentation at this year’s NYAFF.