James Kazama (丘占輝 (Chinese), カザマ ジェイムス (Japanese), also A.K.A. 占士•卡查馬 (Contemporary Calligraphy Artist) born June 19) is a Hong Kong actor (for stage, film and television), a dubbing artist, a fashion model, contemporary artist (Calligraphy, Installation Art) and a pop-rock vocalist. Kazama speaks English, French, Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Mandarin, Spanish, German and Chaozhou.
Kazama was born on 19 June in Hong Kong, the son of a Land-Developer Father and a Garment Factory Director Mother. Kazama grew up both in Hong Kong and Bangkok. He is former vocal in a pop-rock cover band Hotfever.
Asiatic professional career
In 1996, Kazama's voice potential is discovered by Lo Hung, a well known Dubbing Artist in Hong Kong, via the presentation by his sister Bonny, a former dubbing artist in Hong Kong. Years later, Kazama voiced in many well known Asian movies, TV series and Animations included the most well known fictional character Dr. Zoidberg in Futurama (Cantonese version).
Kazama began his performance life from theatre since 1997. He spent years in theatre in Hong Kong. Even today, he is still telling people “I’m from the theatre!”.
In 1999, Kazama entered the semi-final of Karaokai singing contest in Thailand.
In 2001, Kazama's theatre group Drama2 破簡坊 first performance with the play “Come Try Again!” 來Try Again!, and Kazama as the leading role “Ah-Sai” 阿細. Each show had a full house and seats have been extended because of the strongly request from the public, meanwhile have been received high comments from public in Hong Kong. Later of the year, Kazama have be invited by Home Theatre Home 劇場休舔間 to join the play Man Murdered Nature Murdered Man 人謀殺自然謀殺人 directed by Mike Chow, this play have won the Outstanding Team Play Award and Outstanding Director Award in Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies 2001, he performed as “Multiple Vision's Informer” & “Villager”.
In 2001, Kazama was invited to stars as “Man” in a documentary “Sexual Harassment Awareness” for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Kazama is also a Asian & Creative Cooking, and in 2002, La Fu, a private restaurant opened by Kazama and his allies in Hong Kong. Kazama was the main chef, the restaurant received high recommendation on the creative also traditional gourmets by Kazama.
Leaving materialism life, moving to Europe
In 2004, Kazama left his materialism life, under the Non-French speaking condition arrived Montpellier, a city of southern France. Few months later he has been relocated in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
In 2005, Kazama began his French language courses, he also joined a Non-Profit Organization "Nativitas" in Brussels, during the period he took the role of main chef in their social restaurant, he provided the warm welcomes and creative’s meal to people who has difficulties of living, he gives comment to local interviews: "No matter rich people or poor people, they all have right to have warmth meal!"
In 2008, Kazama been invited by a young Belgian Film Director Xavier Nellens for the casting of a Belgian feature Gloria Jesus and he won the role of Pastor Chang, and because of Kazama’s outstanding performance, the character become richer, Kazama even gained Pastor Chang an extra background in the film. Later years, he has been traveled to different countries for the location shootings of the Gloria Jesus as Pastor Chang also as an Assistant Director. Same year, Kazama established his first exhibition in Brussels with his new serie of Lights and Shadows, his paintings received high comments from the public. Kazama appeared in Valencia the city of Horchata in Spain, appeared in productions of his Spanish Brother Oscar Corrons, NOPfilms.
In 2009, Kazama been invited to exhibited his contemporary calligraphies and installation art on Etnikart in a Belgian eastern city Liège. His paintings once again received high comments from the public, and his Scream of Time had been chosen to posted on the Liège City Blog as the cover picture of this Exhibition. Same year, Kazama been invited to star as an aggressive Zen master for RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française), and appeared in a variety show J’ai Pigé.
In 2010, Kazama appeared in the fashion show of a Belgian popular fashion brand Bellrose in Antwerp a city of northern Belgium, also as one of the leading model for their catalogue in 2010. Same year, Kazama been invited by a Belgian Film Director Toon Aerts to be a guest star in Music video Beyond Repair by The Sore Losers .
In 2011, Kazama appeared in the 2nd season of a Belgian fiction "À tort ou à raison" on RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française).
In 2011, Kazama appeared in a Belgian feature L'envahisseur (English Title: The Invacer) as Liong Bing the passionate artist. This film has won Georges Delerue Prize and Special Mention also been nominated for Grand Prix in Ghent International Film Festival 2011.
In 2012, Kazama stared in a Crime | Thriller Le Jour Attendra (Original French title) Paris Countdown (International title) directed by Edgar Marie, with Jacques Gamblin, Olivier Marchal, Rada Kateb, Carlo Brandt.
In 2013, Kazama was invited to participate in a Street Art project "Piano en ville" which was hosted by La Commune Saint-Gilles Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. Kazama created an installation artwork called "Golden Baby" which received great compliments from the City of Brussels and the public.