Hideo Nakata

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Hideo Nakata
中田 秀夫
Shimazaki Haruka & Nakata Hideo "Ghost Theater" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (22242680869) (cropped).jpg
Nakata at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2015
Born (1961-07-19) 19 July 1961 (age 59)
Other namesNakada Hideo

Hideo Nakata (中田 秀夫, Nakata Hideo, born July 19, 1961) is a Japanese filmmaker.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Nakata was born in Okayama, Japan. He is most familiar to Western audiences for his work on Japanese horror films such as Ring (1998), Ring 2 (1999) and Dark Water (2002).[2] Several of these were remade in English as The Ring (2002), Dark Water (2005), and The Ring Two.[3]

Nakata was scheduled to make his English-language debut with True Believers, but later pulled out. He was later offered by DreamWorks to direct the movie The Ring Two (2005), which he accepted, making his English-language debut with a sequel to a remake of his own film.

Nakata made his initial breakthrough into film with Ghost Actress aka 'Don't Look Up' (1996). Although failing to attain any large-scale success, the film was responsible for leading to his directing of Ring.

Other Nakata films include Sleeping Bride (2000); Curse, Death and Spirit; and Chaos (2000). He directed the psychological thriller The Incite Mill which premiered on 16 October 2010 in Japan.[4] He has now completed a Japanese ghost story, Kaidan.[5] Nakata is currently working on Hearn, which is about the life of Lafcadio Hearn who wrote Kwaidan.

He is represented by United Talent Agency. His film Chatroom, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[6]


As director

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schilling, Mark (18 January 2010). "Hideo Nakata to direct 'Incite Mill'". Variety. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010.
  2. ^ Serafini, Matt (18 January 2010). "Nakata to Direct the Incite Mill". DreadCentral. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ "ENOUGH of These Underground Games. Hideo Nakata, It's a Little Late". BloodyDisgusting.
  4. ^ "New Trailer: Spend Some Time in Hideo Nakata's The Incite Mill". DreadCentral. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Full Trailer for Hideo Nakata's 'The Incite Mill'". DreadCentral. 5 July 2010.
  6. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (15 April 2010). "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-17.

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