Ryuhei Kitamura

Ryuhei Kitamura

Japanese film director.
Date of Birth: 30.05.1969
Country: Japan

Biography of Ryuhei Kitamura

Ryuhei Kitamura is a Japanese film director who has gained recognition both in Japan and internationally. Born in Osaka, Japan, Kitamura showed his talent as a filmmaker at a young age. At 17, he left school and moved to Sydney, Australia, where he studied visual arts at a specialized institution.

Ryuhei Kitamura

Kitamura's first directorial experience was a short film called "Exit," which he made as his graduation project at the age of 19. After completing his studies, he returned to Japan and founded his independent production studio called "Napalm Films." His first feature-length projects, "Heat after Dark" and "Down to Hell," received great success at film festivals, which helped him gain a wider audience. However, it was his film "Versus" that brought him international fame, especially after its release on DVD outside of Japan.

Ryuhei Kitamura

In 2002, Kitamura directed a short film called "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead" as part of the project "Jam Films." The following year, he adapted the manga "Azumi" into a feature film, and also directed "Sky High," a prequel to a successful Japanese TV project. Kitamura participated in the "Duel Project" alongside director Yukihiko Tsutsumi, creating fast and low-budget films.

Ryuhei Kitamura

In addition to his directing career, Kitamura worked as a producer in 2003, collaborating with one of the screenwriters of "Versus," Yudai Yamaguchi, on the film "Battlefield Baseball." In 2004, he directed "Godzilla: Final Wars," which became the 28th film in the legendary franchise about kaiju monsters. This film was Kitamura's first to be shown in Hollywood.

In 2006, Kitamura directed the film "LoveDeath" before relocating to Los Angeles, California. His first American film, "Midnight Meat Train," was released in 2008 and was based on a story by Clive Barker. Although the film received positive reviews from critics, it did not perform well at the box office.

In 2012, Kitamura directed the film "No One Lives" with Luke Evans and Adelaide Clemens. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited release in 2013. During the promotion of the film, Kitamura announced his plan to return to Japan and make a new film, which would be a action film rather than a horror or slasher film. This film was later revealed to be an adaptation of the cult manga "Lupin III" and was scheduled for release in Japan in 2014.

Currently, Kitamura is working on a slasher film called "Black Friday 3D" and is also involved in the production of films such as "Marble City" and "Gun Monkeys." In May 2013, he announced that he had already written the screenplay for "Versus 2" and that Tak Sakaguchi would likely reprise his role in the sequel.

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