July 3, 1949 |
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
|Occupation||Film director, film critic, actor|
Masato Harada (原田 眞人 Harada Masato?, born July 3, 1949) is a Japanese film director, film critic, and sometimes an actor; he is best known to foreign audiences as Omura in The Last Samurai and as Mr Mita in Fearless. In both his acting roles he portrayed the villain who wants Japan to westernize under the Meiji Restoration in the meantime trying to remove the old ways.
Harada was born in Numazu, Shizuoka and graduated from Higashi High School. In 1972 he went to London to learn English. He then attended Tokyo College of Photography and Pepperdine University, where spent number of years training as a filmmaker. He married journalist Mizuho Fukuda in 1976.
Harada made his directorial debut in 1979. He collaborated and showcased his works in Europe and US and worked as an English to Japanese subtitle translator for number of American films showing in Japan.
Style and influences
- Farewell, Movie Friend: Indian Summer (1979)
- Uindii (1984)
- Paris/Dakar 1500 (1986)
- The Heartbreak Yakuza (1987)
- Gunhed (1989)
- Tuff 5 (1992)
- Painted Desert (1993)
- Kamikaze Taxi (1995)
- Rowing Through (1996)
- Bounce Ko Gals (1997)
- Spellbound (1999)
- Inugami (2001)
- The Choice of Hercules (2002)
- Bluestockings (2005)
- Densen Uta (2007)
- Mōryō no Hako (2008)
- Climber's High (2008)
- Chronicle of My Mother (2011)
- Return (2013)
- Kakekomi (2015)
- The Emperor in August (2015)
- Kehr, Dave (October 3, 2003). "Film in Review; 'Bounce Ko Gals'". The New York Times.
- Murray, Noel (September 30, 2003). "Bounce Kogals - Film - Movie Review". The A.V. Club. The Onion.
- Schager, Nick (December 4, 2003). "The Last Smurai - Film Review". Slant Magazine.
- Gatto, Robin (August 15, 2001). "Midnight Eye interview: Masato Harada". Midnight Eye.
- Masato Harada at the Internet Movie Database
- Masato Harada at the Japanese Movie Database (Japanese)
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