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Masato Harada
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Masato Harada

Masato Harada enjoyed movies since childhood and always dreamed of someday directing them. While studying in London in 1972, he wrote a review of The Last Picture Show, which ran in Kinema Jumpo Magazine, launching his career as a movie critic and leading to a period spent in Los Angeles as a reviewer.

Returning to Japan in 1979, he made his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical picture Saraba Eiga no Tomoyo (Farewell to My Friend in the Movies - Indian Summer), also called Goodbye Flickmania. He went on to direct Kamikaze Taxi, which was selected as a semi-finalist for the Grand Prix prize in the Valencienne Movie Festival; Bounce Kogals, which became an award-winning, controversial hit that established him internationally and will be released in the U.S. by Media Blaster; Spellbound; Jubaku, a boxoffice hit in Japan that won many top film prizes in 2000; Rowing Through (The Amateurs), which was a collaboration between American, Canadian, and Japanese filmmakers; Inugami (God of the Dog), which screened at the Berlin Film Festival; and The Choice of Hercules, among others.

Harada has continued to produce, write and direct his movies and in the course of his varied career, enjoyed good personal and professional relationships with filmmakers Howard Hawks and Stanley Kubrick. His current collaborating producer is Masato Hara, who also produced films with Akira Kurosawa.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Masato Harada Facts

BirthdayJuly 3, 1949 (72)
BirthplaceNumazu, Japan

Selected Filmography

Not available.