Tadashi Nakamura (filmmaker)

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Tadashi "Tad" Nakamura (born c. 1980) is a Los Angeles-based Japanese American filmmaker.

Personal life[edit]

Nakamura is a fourth generation Japanese American, born and raised in Los Angeles. His father, Robert A. Nakamura, is also a filmmaker and is sometimes referred to as "the Godfather of Asian American media".[1][2]


Nakamura's films focus on the Japanese American experience. Three of his films, Yellow Brotherhood, Pilgrimage, and A Song for Ourselves, form a documentary trilogy about Asian Americans and the importance of community. His most recent film, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, is a full-length documentary about Jake Shimabukuro, a Japanese American ukulele virtuoso and composer from Hawaii. The film won the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award.[3]


Nakamura received a M.A. in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2008. He received a B.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. His father is also a graduate of UCLA (MFA, 1975).


  • Yellow Brotherhood (2003)
  • Pilgrimage (2007)
  • A Song for Ourselves (2009)
  • Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (2012)
  • Mele Murals (2016)


  1. ^ "JANM Announces Honorees and Theme for 2016 Annual Gala Dinner". Japanese American National Museum. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Tribute Reel to Robert Nakamura: Godfather of Asian American Media". Center for Asian American Media. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Past Recipients, Gotham Independent Film Awards". Gotham Independent Film Awards. Retrieved 13 September 2015.[permanent dead link]

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