“A stylized, subtle, cleverly amusing take on Japanese gangster films… one of the most slickly produced, ambitious shorts in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.”

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL 
(Canada’s national newspaper)

“A Japanese insect collector is involved in a kidnapping in Matthew Swanson’s funny, imaginative, and stylishly shot spin on noir conventions.”

- SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY 
(Named Hiro one of seven “must see shorts” in Park City 2006, including both Sundance and Slamdance)

“Very entertaining… Hiro is a smart, sweet comedy that’s really a statement of how heroes aren’t always a pre-conceived idea.”

- FILM THREAT

“What a strange little man. What a pretty little beetle. What a completely fun and engaging little film. If you’ve got 20 minutes it’s worth a trip to check out director Matthew Swanson’s short film Hiro. One wouldn’t expect a story about an insect collector thrown into a chase to retrieve a rare beetle to be terribly interesting to watch, and it isn’t – it’s something much more than interesting. Swanson, who also wrote the screenplay, has created characters that are quirky, captivatingly silent and amusingly bumbling. There’s just something about Hiro and its underlying theme that will have you hoping and rooting for that odd bug man.”

- FFWD: CALGARY’S NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“The best film in the mix is Hiro, Matthew Swanson’s engaging Japanese gangster film / art film… it takes familiar genre clichés and makes them seem fresh again, due to Swanson’s obvious enthusiasm for the genre and its possibilities.”

- ZINECAT

"It's funny, imaginative, and captures your attention - basically everything you could want in a short film."

- THEMOVIECHICKS.COM hit tracker