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Hideo Nakata

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Other names  Nakada Hideo
Education  University of Tokyo
Role  Actor
Name  Hideo Nakata
Occupation  Film director

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Born  19 July 1961 (age 61) (1961-07-19) Okayama, Japan
Awards  Japan Academy Prize for Popularity Award - Most popular film
Movies  Ring, The Complex, The Ring Two, Ghost Theater, Dark Water
Similar People  Koji Suzuki, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Miki Nakatani, Takashi Shimizu, David Dorfman

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


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Life and career

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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). Several of these were remade in America as The Ring (2002), Dark Water (2005), and The Ring Two.

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 (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. He has now completed a Japanese ghost story, Kaidan. 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.


  • Curse, Death & Spirit (1992 video) – Director
  • Don't Look Up (1996) – Director, Writer (story)
  • Tokyo biyori (1997) – Actor
  • Ring (1998) – Director
  • Joseph Losey: The Man with Four Names (1998) (documentary) – Director, Writer
  • Ring 2 (1999) – Director, Writer
  • Sadistic and Masochistic (2000) (documentary) – Director, Himself
  • Sleeping Bride (Garasu no nou) (2000) – Director
  • Chaos (2000) – Director
  • Sotohiro (2000) – Director
  • Chi wo suu uchuu (2001) – Actor
  • Dark Water (2002) – Director, Writer (screenplay)
  • Last Scene (2002) – Director, Producer
  • The Ring Two (2005) – Director
  • Dark Water (USA) (2005) – Writer
  • Hideo Nakata's Kaidan (2007) – Director
  • Death Note: L, change the WorLd (2007) – Director
  • The Incite Mill (2009) – Director
  • Chatroom (2010) – Director
  • The Suicide Forest (2012) – Director
  • The Complex (2013) - Director
  • Monsterz (2014) - Director
  • Words With Gods (2014)
  • Ghost Theater (2015)
  • Owatta Hito (2018)
  • References

    Hideo Nakata Wikipedia