Soda was born and raised in Japan and has lived in New York since 1993.
CAMPAIGN was theatrically released in Japan in 25 cities across the nation and the DVD has been widely released. It was also screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City for a week. A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "Campaign may invite a certain skepticism about democracy, but it will surely restore your faith in cinema verite." Its 52-minute version was broadcast in almost 200 countries on such broadcasters as BBC, ZDF/ARTE, CBC, NHK, PBS, among others.
His second feature documentary, MENTAL won the best documentary award (PIFF Mecenat Award) at Pusan International Film Festival and the best documentary award (Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Award) at Dubai International Film Festival in 2008.
He is currently editing THEATER (working title), a feature documentary about an internationally acclaimed playwright/director Hirata Oriza and his theater company based in Tokyo.
While he was still a student, his short fiction film THE FLICKER (1997) competed for a Silver Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy. FREEZING SUNLIGHT (1996) was nominated for a New Filmmaker's Award at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil. A FLOWER AND A WOMAN (1995) won a Special Commendation in the Canadian Annual International Film Festival.
Among the many TV documentaries Soda has directed, LANDSCAPE WITHOUT MOTHER (NHK) won a Telly Award in 2001.
Soda holds a BFA in Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts with honor, and a BA in Religious Studies from Tokyo University.