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Kō Machida

Kō Machida (町田 康, Machida Kō, born Machida Yasushi on January 15, 1962 in Sakai, Osaka) is a Japanese author, punk rock singer, poet and actor.


Machida formed a punk rock band called Inu (meaning "dog" in Japanese) in 1978, for which he used the stage name Machida Machizō (町田町蔵). Inu released their first album, Meshi Kuuna! (literally "Don't eat!") in 1981. The band split shortly after the album release. He went on to form a number of bands and released several albums. His albums earned reasonable critical acclaims but the commercial success was limited.

His first literary work, Kūge, was published in 1992, and included a selection of his poems. His first novel, Gussun Daikoku, was published in 1996. It earned him the Bunkamura Deux Magots Literary Award. His unique style of story-telling marked by non-sense, irrelevance and slapstick is influenced by Kamigata (Kansai) Rakugo and Jidaigeki (samurai dramas). Some critics link him to self-destructive I Novel writers before the World War II such as Kamura Isota and Chikamatsu Shūkō. Oda Sakunosuke is also cited as his influencer.

He won the 123rd Akutagawa Prize with Kiregire ("Shreds") in 2000 and the Tanizaki Prize with Kokuhaku ("Confession") in 2005.

On June 14, 2007, Machida got into an argument with his friend and rock musician Tomoyasu Hotei about a band they planned on forming together. There was a physical altercation and after learning that his injuries would take two weeks to heal, Machida filed a police report on June 18. Hotei was ordered to pay a fine of 300,000 yen on October 1.



  • Meshi Kuuna! by Inu (1981)
  • Ushiwakamaru Nametottara Dotsuitaru Zo by Inu (Published in 1984, recorded in 1979)
  • Doterai Yatsura by Machida Machizo from Shifuku Dan (1986)
  • Hona, Donaisee Iune by Machida Machizo (1987)
  • Harafuri by Machida Machizo + Kitazawa Gumi (1992)
  • Chūshajō no Yohane by Machida Machizo + Kitazawa Gumi (1994)
  • Dōnikanaru by Machida Ko + The Glory (1995)
  • Nōnai Shuffle Kakumei by Machida Ko (1997)
  • Miracle Young by Miracle Young (2003)
  • Machida Kō Group Live 2004 Oct 6th by Machida Ko Group (2004)


  • Kokoro no Unitto by Machi Tai (2002)

Selected filmography

He played major roles in the following films.

  • The Burst City directed by Sogo Ishii (1982)
  • Endless Waltz directed by Kōji Wakamatsu (1995)
  • H Story directed by Nobuhiro Suwa (2001)

Selected literary works

  • Kūge (供花) - His debut poem selection 1992
  • Kussun Daikoku (くっすん大黒) - Bunkamura Deux Magots Literary Award 1996
  • Ore, Nanshin Shite (俺、南進して) 1999 co-authored with Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Shreds (Kiregire, きれぎれ) - Akutagawa Prize 2000
  • Gonge no Odoriko (権現の踊り子) - Kawabata Yasunari Literary Award 2003
  • Confession (Kokuhaku, 告白) - Tanizaki Prize 2005


  • Kou Machida on IMDb

External links

  • Official Machida Kou WebSite (in Japanese)
  • Ko Machida at J'Lit Books from Japan (in English)
  • Synopsis of Punk Samurai and the Cult (Panku Samurai Kiraretesoro) at JLPP (Japanese Literature Publishing Project) (in English)

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