Born in Tokyo in 1951, OSHII currently lives in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. He at tended Tokyo Metropolitan Koyamadai High School and went on to graduate as a fine arts major from the Education Department of Tokyo Gakugei University. He became a freelance director in 1984, and has received domestic and international attention for his cutting-edge visual worlds. He is also a game creator, novelist, scriptwriter, manga author, playwright, and university professor. In 2008 he accepted a post as visiting professor at the Faculty of Communication Studies, Tokyo Keizai University. His film works include Urusei Yatsura: Only You, the theatrical edition of Mobile Police Patlabor, and Ghost in the Shell. He received the Nihon SF Grand Prize for the animation film Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2, which was also selected for competition at Festival de Cannes.