Born in 1971 in Oita Prefecture.
Graduated from Midorigaoka High School (attached to the Oita Prefectural
College of Arts and Culture) with a major in oil painting. He then moved to
Tokyo where he did various part-time jobs while pursuing the dream of becoming
At age 29 he was able to sustain himself on commercial artwork contracts
(such as store design, model-making, mural painting). He designed and executed a
dining bar that he managed for a year and a half.
Hori has won a number of small awards for painting, and has experience making
marionettes, dolls, netsuke, accessories, and more.
At age 38 he began his independent stop-motion animation project "Junk Head
At age 41 he completed "Junk Head 1." From conception to completion, it took
about four years.
On November 16th, 2013 the film had a one-day independent screening at
Shibuya Uplink. The event was a huge success with a packed house.