Shuichi Okita is an acclaimed filmmaker both at home in Japan and overseas. His latest movies, The Mohican Comes Home (2016) and Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday (2014) were both invited to Shanghai International Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival. The Story of Yonosuke (2013) was invited to the Tokyo International Film Festival and Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt. His 2012 The Woodsman and the Rain won the Special Jury Prize at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival and won triple honors at Dubai International Film Festival with Best Actor, Best Editor and Best Scriptwriter awards. His second feature The Chef of South Polar (2009) had both domestic and international acclaim. His first feature was What a Wonderful World (2006). Prior to his feature film career, Okita shot short movies, including Pots and Friend in 2002, the 7th Mito Short Film Festival Grand Prix, and also wrote and directed TV dramas. Okita was born in 1977 in Saitama and graduated from Nihon University, College of Art, Department of Cinema.