Tak Fujimoto

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Tak Fujimoto
Takashi Fujimoto

(1939-07-12) July 12, 1939 (age 84)
Alma materLondon Film School
Years active1970–2013
RelativesJack Fujimoto (brother)

Takashi "Tak" Fujimoto, ASC (born July 12, 1939) is an American retired cinematographer.[1]

Fujimoto was born in San Diego, California. He is of Japanese descent. During World War II, he was interned at the Poston War Relocation Center due to Executive Order 9066.[2] A graduate of the London Film School, he has worked with filmmakers Jonathan Demme, M. Night Shyamalan, John Hughes, Howard Deutch and Terrence Malick. Early in his career, he worked on the second unit of the first Star Wars film, as well as the exploitation film Switchblade Sisters.

In 2011, he worked on the pilot for the television drama A Gifted Man.

Personal life[edit]

Fujimoto had retired by 2015, and lived with his wife Anthea in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[3] He is the younger brother of academic Jack Fujimoto.[4]



Year Title Director Note
1970 Chicago Blues Harley Cokeliss Documentary film
1973 Badlands Terrence Malick With Stevan Larner and Brian Probyn
1974 Caged Heat Jonathan Demme 1st collaboration with Demme
Bootleggers Charles B. Pierce
1975 Death Race 2000 Paul Bartel
1976 Cannonball
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde William Crain
1977 Bad Georgia Road John Broderick
Chatterbox Tom DeSimone
1978 Remember My Name Alan Rudolph
Stony Island Andrew Davis
1979 Last Embrace Jonathan Demme
1980 Borderline Jerrold Freedman
Melvin and Howard Jonathan Demme
Where the Buffalo Roam Art Linson
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Jonathan Kaplan
1984 Swing Shift Jonathan Demme
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes
Pretty in Pink Howard Deutch
Something Wild Jonathan Demme
1988 Backfire Gilbert Cates
Cocoon: The Return Daniel Petrie
Married to the Mob Jonathan Demme
Sweet Hearts Dance Robert Greenwald
1990 Miami Blues George Armitage
1991 Crooked Hearts Michael Bortman
The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
1992 Gladiator Rowdy Herrington
Night and the City Irwin Winkler
Singles Cameron Crowe With Ueli Steiger
1993 Philadelphia Jonathan Demme
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Carl Franklin
Grumpier Old Men Howard Deutch
1996 That Thing You Do! Tom Hanks
1997 A Thousand Acres Jocelyn Moorhouse
1998 Beloved Jonathan Demme
1999 The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan
2000 The Replacements Howard Deutch
2002 Signs M. Night Shyamalan
The Truth About Charlie Jonathan Demme
2004 The Final Cut Omar Naim
The Manchurian Candidate Jonathan Demme
2007 Breach Billy Ray
2008 The Great Buck Howard Sean McGinly
The Happening M. Night Shyamalan
2010 Devil John Erick Dowdle
2013 Gods Behaving Badly Marc Turtletaub


TV movie

Year Title Director
1976 Almos' a Man Stan Lathan
1978 Lawman Without a Gun Jerrold Freedman
1979 Some Kind of Miracle
1982 Divorce Wars: A Love Story Donald Wrye
1984 The Seduction of Gina Jerrold Freedman
1985 Seduced
Blackout Douglas Hickox
1989 Cast the First Stone John Korty

TV series

Year Title Director Note
1978 At Home with Shields and Yarnell Andrew Davis TV short
1985 MacGyver Jerrold Freedman[a] Episode "Pilot"
2008 John Adams Tom Hooper 4 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Jonathan Demme Episode "Pilot"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award/Nomination
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
1998 Beloved Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1999 The Sixth Sense Nominated – ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
2008 John Adams Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography (For the episode "Independence")
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography (For the episode "Don't Tread Me")


  1. ^ Credited as Alan Smithee


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Japanese American Internee Data File: Tak Fujimoto". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Weideman, Paul (March 1, 2015). "Marvelous home on Alamo Creek Drive". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Archived from the original on July 24, 2023. Retrieved July 24, 2023.
  4. ^ Ralton-Smith, Jennifer (August 26, 2002). "IVC's interim president recalls days of internment". Imperial Valley Press. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2023.

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