Eiji OKUDA began his film career as an actor in 1979. He won numerous honors for his playing in such films as Kei Kumai's The Sea and Poison (1986) and Death of a Tea Master (1989), including a Japanese Oscar for his performance in Tatsumi Kumashiro's Like a Rolling Stone (1994).
He made his directorial debut in 2001 with An Adolescent (2001) (Venice film festival official selection in The International Critics' Week). His third feature film, A Long Walk (2006), won the Grand Prize of the Americas at the Montreal Film Festival in 2006. These two feature films were newly digitally remastered in 2022.