Producers say things that they would like to see in the movie but they don't see the full picture. In the end if you ignore everything the producers say, of course, you get fired; but then if you listen to a producer on everything then it's like 'Hey - why don't you direct your own movie?'
— Ryuhei Kitamura
Ryuhei Kitamura (北村 龍平 is a Japanese director known for his highly stylized action films. Kitamura Ryūhei)
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Ryuhei Kitamura was born May 30, 1969, in Osaka. At 17, he went to Australia to study cinematography at the School of Visual Arts. He made his first film, Exit before graduation and won acclaim when awarded the year’s best director prize. After returning to Japan, he made an action/horror movie, Down to Hell (1997), which earned him the first Indies Movie Festival grand prix. Later, he made his initial feature film Versus (2000), which won prizes at various international film festivals. His recent work Azumi (2003) is a new type of action-packed period play replete with his original ideas.
He was five when a movie gripped his heart for the first time in his life. It was Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), fourteenth in the series. This may have affected his style of film making. One might say that he was destined to make a brilliant finale for the Godzilla series.
"I consider it my greatest honor to direct the last Godzilla film with the best possible staff, cast, and monsters," said Kitamura. "I am ready to present a superb example of fast, exciting monster battles using Japan’s excellent special effects to the fullest. I hope it will be able to wrest the throne of entertainment from Hollywood."
His works include: Filmography (1997), Heat After Dark (1999), Alive (2002), The Messenger (2002), Aragami (2002).
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
- Godzilla Final Wars (2004) as DJ Interviewer
Kitamura in Godzilla Final Wars
- Kitamura's favorite Godzilla film is Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and his favorite monster is King Caesar.
- The actor Kitamura's character interviews in Godzilla Final Wars is Kenji Kohashi, who starred in his 2003 film Azumi.
- Official site (archived)
- 2005 interviews by Ira Cord Rubnitz and Biff L Peterson (archived)
- 2005 interview by Sancho (French)
- 2010 interview by Andrez Bergen (archived)
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