Taka Ichise

Taka Ichise

Film producer, screenwriter and director
Date of Birth: 18.01.1961
Country: Japan

  1. Taka Ichise - Biography
  2. Early Career
  3. Success in the Horror Genre
  4. Continued Success and International Recognition
  5. Later Career

Taka Ichise - Biography

Taka Ichise is a Japanese film producer, screenwriter, and director. He was born on January 18, 1961, in Kobe, Japan. After graduating from Kansai Gakuin School and briefly attending university before dropping out, Ichise became the producer of some of the most successful horror films of the Japanese horror wave that swept Hollywood.

Early Career

Ichise began his career as a producer for films such as "Hoshikuzu kyōdai no densetsu" and "Teito taisen." However, it was his work on the 1993 crime action film "American Yakuza" that gained recognition, with Ichise also contributing as part of the screenwriting team. In the same year, he produced "The Book of the Dead," a horror film based on the legendary book "Necronomicon" and the elusive Howard Lovecraft, a classic writer of horror and mystery literature.

Success in the Horror Genre

In 1994, Ichise co-wrote the screenplay for the crime action film "Blue Tiger" with Joel Soisson, another horror enthusiast from Japan. He also served as one of the producers for this film, which revolves around the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and a vengeful mother determined to avenge her son's death. Over the years, Ichise continued to produce various films, including the fantasy film "Fist of the North Star" and the American action film "No Way Back," starring renowned actor Russell Crowe. He also produced the crime thriller "Crying Freeman," featuring Mark Dacascos as the elite killer and liberator, Yo.

Continued Success and International Recognition

In 1998, Ichise took on the role of producer for the cult horror film "Rasen" and the sensational horror film "Ringu," directed by Hideo Nakata. The American adaptation of "Ringu" also garnered international acclaim and left a lasting impression on horror enthusiasts. The following year, Ichise produced the sequel "Ringu 2" and the prequel "Ringu 0: Birthday."

In 2000, Ichise seized the opportunity to produce the film "Ju-on" by director Takashi Shimizu and its sequel, "Ju-on 2." Additionally, he co-produced the fantasy action film "Princess Blade" with John Ledford and Mark Williams. In 2002, Ichise produced another horror film by Hideo Nakata, "Dark Water."

Later Career

In 2004, Ichise produced Norio Tsuruta's film "Premonition" and became the producer of the film "Infection" and its remake, "The Grudge," starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. In 2005, he briefly veered into family films, producing "All About My Dog." However, he soon returned to working with director Takashi Shimizu, producing the film "Reincarnation."

In 2006, Ichise began producing Kiyoshi Kurosawa's horror film "Sakebi" based on his own screenplay. He also produced the remake of the second part of "Ju-on" and the thriller "The Inugami Clan Killer."

In 2007, Ichise once again collaborated with director Hideo Nakata on the project "Kaidan," which harmoniously combines drama and horror. The following year, he took on the role of producer for films such as "Shutter," "Creepshow," and "Parasyte." He also worked on "Ju-on: The Grudge 3," another directorial project by Takashi Shimizu.

In addition to his producing endeavors, Ichise made appearances in the films "Goemon" and "The Entity" in 2010.