Introduction of Judges


  • Hideki Kuroda has produced numerous unforgettable TV commercials, including those for Mandom (GATSBY), Suntory (PEPSI-MAN), and Shiseido (TSUBAKI and ELIXIR). He has also directed video clips for musicians such as Masaharu Fukuyama, SMAP, and Momoiro Clover Z. His unique style, with frame-per-second image processing directly targeting the right brain, is said to have revolutionized commercial films. He has received numerous awards in and outside Japan.

  • Takaaki Yamazaki was born in Kyoto and joined DENTSU in 1987. He left DENTSU and established Watson-Crick Inc. in 2009. He has produced numerous commercials, including those for Mandom (GATSBY), Recruit Hot Pepper(Afreco-Series), Kincho(Tsumaran), Suntory(Hoso-Mattyo), Nisshin (Cup Noodles), Toto (Neorest), Tama Home, Candy Crush, and Shimaho. More recently he has written lyrics and composed music for the album "Candy My Love" released on August 5, 2015, by Kyanjani 8, the cross-dressed version of the popular boy band Kanjani 8. He has received numerous awards including "Creator of the Year," "Creator of the Year Special Award," "TCC Grand Prix," "TCC Award," "TCC Best Young Creator," "ACC Gold Award," "ACC Planning Award," and "Kokoku Dentsu Award."

  • Famous CMs include Mandom / GATSBY, Oyatsu Company/ French bread workshop & Baby Star, and Plum Inc/ Night Plum. Received awards of Asahi Ads Vice-Champion Award in 1986 and 1987, Cannes press & poster finalist in 1991, Suntory Encouragement Prize in 1994 and 1998, ACC TV CM Special Award in the category of regional division in 1997, NY ADC Bronze Prize in 2001, ACC Grand Prix in 2011, etc

  • Art direction: Mandom/GATSBY, Meiji/XYLISH, Namie Amuro's concert tour, Designed SMAP's record jacket, etc.
    Awards received: Asia Pacific Advertising Festival, NY Festival, NY ADC, Times Asia-Pacific Advertising Awards, Mainichi Advertisement Award etc.

  • [Name] joined Dentsu, where he initially worked exclusively on banner advertising. Eventually, his hard work bore fruit, and he was placed in charge of numerous digital ad campaigns. He left Dentsu in 2011 and established PARTY with four other creators. He represented Japan at the Young Lions Competitions of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (Cyber Lions, 2nd place). He has received over 250 advertising awards in and outside Japan.
    His recent major works include GAGADOLL, a life-size listening station that resembles Lady Gaga; “UT PICKS” for Uniqlo; “Shuchu Regain” for Suntory; and all of Toyota’s digital media campaigns including TOYOTOWN (“Shizukatta”). He is a regular guest in the Tokyo FM radio program “Sawamoto & Gonpa’s Suguni Owarimasukara.”

  • Shota Matsuda's filmography notably includes "Hana Yori Dango" series (drama and film), "Liar Game" series, "Kanta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni," and "Afro Tanaka." His most recent leading appearances include the film "Initiation Love" (directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, 2015) and the TV drama "Dias Polis: Iho Keisatsu" (MBS/TBS). He also appears in "Dias Polis: DIRTY YELLOW BOYS" (directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri) and "Over Fence" (directed by Atsuhiro Yamashita), to be released in Japan on September 3 and 17, 2016 respectively.