Ryuhei Kitamura

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Ryuhei Kitamura
Ryuhei Kitamura promoting Lionsgate's 'Midnight Meat Train' at the 2007 Comic Con International convention held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2007 in San Diego, CA.
Born May 30, 1969
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Director
First work Heat After Dark (1996)
Notable work The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
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,   Kitamura Ryūhei) is a Japanese director known for his highly stylized action films.


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Ryuhei Kitamura was born May 30, 1969, in Osaka.[1] 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).

Selected filmography





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