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Ryūhei Kitamura is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Japonais born on 30 may 1969 at Osaka City (Japon)

Ryūhei Kitamura

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Nationality Japon
Birth 30 may 1969 (50 years) at Osaka City (Japon)

Ryuhei Kitamura (北村 龍平, Kitamura Ryūhei) (born May 30, 1969) is a Japanese filmmaker.

Biography

Early life
Born in Osaka, Japan, Kitamura quit high school and went to the School of Visual Arts in Australia at age 17.


Movie career
His first film was the short Exit, which he made as his graduation piece at age 19. After graduating, he returned to Japan to establish Napalm Films, his independent film production studio. While his films Down to Hell and Heat After Dark were successful in film festivals, Kitamura's rise to international fame came from Versus.

Kitamura went on to direct several movies, including adaptations of the manga Azumi and the popular Japanese TV drama Sky High. He had also collaborated with director Yukihiko Tsutsumi in the Duel Project, in which the two agreed to produce the best dueling movie with minimal production time and budget, with Aragami being Kitamura's part. He also ventured into the world of video games by directing the cut scenes and motion capturing of Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Kitamura also served as producer on 2003's Battlefield Baseball, the directorial debut of Yūdai Yamaguchi (Versus co-writer). Kitamura's 2004 kaiju film, Godzilla: Final Wars had its premiere in Hollywood.

Kitamura recently marked his American filmmaking debut with Midnight Meat Train based on Clive Barker's short horror story of the same name. The film was released on August 1, 2008 and stars Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, and Brooke Shields. His next directorial effort, No One Lives, will play as part of the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival, and is set to be released in 2012, his second American production. He is currently attached to direct the movie Gun Monkeys from a screenplay by Lee Goldberg, based on the novel by Victor Gischler.

Kitamura's favourite Godzilla film is Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974). His favourite kaiju is King Caesar. He is set to direct the slasher film Black Friday 3D, which is based on a screenplay by Joe Knetter.

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Filmography of Ryūhei Kitamura (16 films)

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Godzilla: Final Wars, 2h5
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about spiders, Films about insects, Films about dragons, Films about extraterrestrial life, Les fées, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Kane Kosugi, Kazuki Kitamura, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara
Rating65% 3.250553.250553.250553.250553.25055
Endless warfare and environmental pollution have resulted in the frequent appearance of monsters. The Earth Defense Force (EDF) is established. Mutant humans with extraordinary physical capabilities are discovered and are organized into an EDF troop called the M-Organization. Their main opponent is Godzilla, first sighted in 1954. After repeated battles, Godzilla is captured in a crevasse at the South Pole and buried under an avalanche of ice. The EDF ship Gotengo, commanded by Captain Gordon, battles and destroys Manda but in the process, the ship is wrecked and Gordon is dismissed from the EDF. At M headquarters, mutants Ozaki and Kazama spar before their next mission.

Director

Lupin the 3rd, 51minutes
Directed by Takeshi Koike, Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Shun Oguri, Kanichi Kurita, Meisa Kuroki, Tetsuji Tamayama, Miyuki Sawashiro, Go Ayano
Rating62% 3.1393553.1393553.1393553.1393553.139355
Arsène Lupin III, grandson of the legendary gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, is a member of the Hong Kong-based thieving ring known as The Works, which specializes in stealing valuable objects from wealthy owners. Lupin beats his fellow Works members Fujiko Mine (his would-be lover), Pierre (a computer genius) and Jiro to the theft of a valuable medal in Singapore, but is forced to surrender it to his rival, Michael Lee, when he threatens to kill him and Fujiko. At a meeting of The Works, Fujiko is hailed as the culprit behind the theft (thanks to Michael's machinations), and Thomas Dawson, the leader of the organization, shows them the most valuable item in The Works' possession - the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra, a necklace commissioned by Mark Antony to symbolize his love for the Queen of the Nile. However, a ruby of Cleopatra's intended to complete the necklace has not yet been recovered. A trio of thugs led by Michael - Royal, Saber and Maria - steal the necklace and kill Jiro and Dawson, apparently in revenge for 'Edward Lam', resulting in the dissolution of The Works. Lupin, Fujiko, Pierre and Daisuke Jigen join forces to find Michael and the necklace.
No One Lives, 1h26
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar, Lee Tergesen, America Olivo, Gary Grubbs
Rating59% 2.997962.997962.997962.997962.99796
While traveling cross country, couple Betty (Laura Ramsey) and an unidentified man, referred to as "Driver," (Luke Evans) encounter a gang of robbers. The group, led by dedicated criminal Hoag (Lee Tergesen), his daughter Amber (Lindsey Shaw), girlfriend Tamara (America Olivo), Amber's boyfriend Denny (Beau Knapp), and the psychopathic Flynn (Derek Magyar). Suspecting the couple to be wealthy and wanting to redeem himself for a robbery he botched, Flynn has them kidnapped and interrogated about accessing their money by Ethan (Brodus Clay) in a gas station. However, Betty commits suicide by cutting her throat on a knife Ethan had against her neck, which leads to the Driver breaking out of his handcuffs and killing Ethan.
The Midnight Meat Train, 1h38
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Serial killer films
Actors Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Ted Raimi, Vinnie Jones
Rating60% 3.0496153.0496153.0496153.0496153.049615
A well-dressed, barrel-chested man enters the New York City subway at midnight and stalks the late-night passengers of a subway train. He assaults and kills several people with a meat hammer and a butcher's hook. He dispatches his prey wordlessly, and with an unnatural strength. He wears a ring on his finger, adorned with an eight pointed star.
LoveDeath
LoveDeath (2006)
, 2h38
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Shinji Takeda, Susumu Terajima, Yumi Yoshimura, Riki Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Shigeru Izumiya
Rating64% 3.2401553.2401553.2401553.2401553.240155
Un soir dans un bar, Sai apprenti Yakusa, tombe amoureux de la belle Sheela. Malheureusement, la jeune femme est la petite amie du chef du puissant clan Kurogane. Trois jours plus tard elle disparaît pour réapparaître au bout de 342 jours. Elle affirme alors à Sai que leurs destins sont liés. Malgré les risques le Yakusa, toujours sous le charme, est bien décidé à suivre la belle.
Godzilla: Final Wars, 2h5
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about spiders, Films about insects, Films about dragons, Films about extraterrestrial life, Les fées, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Kane Kosugi, Kazuki Kitamura, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara
Rating65% 3.250553.250553.250553.250553.25055
Endless warfare and environmental pollution have resulted in the frequent appearance of monsters. The Earth Defense Force (EDF) is established. Mutant humans with extraordinary physical capabilities are discovered and are organized into an EDF troop called the M-Organization. Their main opponent is Godzilla, first sighted in 1954. After repeated battles, Godzilla is captured in a crevasse at the South Pole and buried under an avalanche of ice. The EDF ship Gotengo, commanded by Captain Gordon, battles and destroys Manda but in the process, the ship is wrecked and Gordon is dismissed from the EDF. At M headquarters, mutants Ozaki and Kazama spar before their next mission.
The Spear Of Longinus, 40minutes
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Genres Action
Actors Atsushi Sakurai, Hideo Sakaki
Rating57% 2.866752.866752.866752.866752.86675
A war rages on, its end unknown, covering the world in despair. At a military field hospital, a group of soldiers bring in one of their own, wounded by a large, vicious, bite-like wound, along with a large box. The soldiers are visibly shaken. Suddenly, an enigmatic man appears. As he starts to tell them the legend of the Lance of Longinus, their night of unimaginable terror begins.
Aragami
Aragami (2003)
, 1h10
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Fantastic, Action, Horror
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Takao Osawa, Masaya Kato, Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki
Rating68% 3.447273.447273.447273.447273.44727
Two seriously wounded samurai find refuge from a storm at an isolated temple, the home of a swordsman and a mysterious young woman.
Azumi
Azumi (2003)
, 2h8
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Aya Ueto, Shun Oguri, Yoshio Harada, Hiroki Narimiya, Aya Okamoto, Tak Sakaguchi
Rating68% 3.4481953.4481953.4481953.4481953.448195
As in the manga, the old master Jiji is tasked by the Tokugawa shogunate to raise a band of assassins. Their task is to finish off Toyotomi Hideyoshi's three allies: Nagamasa Asano, Kiyomasa Kato and Masayuki Sanada, to prevent an outbreak of the new civil war.
Sky High
Sky High (2003)
, 2h2
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror
Themes Ghost films, Serial killer films
Actors Yumiko Shaku, Takao Osawa, Shōsuke Tanihara, Eihi Shiina, Kazuki Kitamura, Masato Sakai
Rating62% 3.101793.101793.101793.101793.10179
A serial-murderer is on the loose who just so happens to also be removing the hearts of his victims and taking them with him. His victims however, are not merely random humans as thought by the police. They are in fact, the past and present guardians of the gateway of the afterlife.
Alive
Alive (2002)
, 1h59
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Actors Tak Sakaguchi, Ryō, Hideo Sakaki, Koyuki Katō, Shun Sugata, Yōji Tanaka
Rating58% 2.9017852.9017852.9017852.9017852.901785
Suite à sa survie à son exécution, un condamné à mort accepte de participer à une expérience. Le gouvernement en profite alors pour tester un nouveau virus extraterrestre...
Versus
Versus (2000)
, 1h59
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Martial arts
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Zombie films, Yakuza films, Films about viral outbreaks, Gangster films, Disaster films
Actors Tak Sakaguchi, Kenji Matsuda, Hideo Sakaki, Reika Kirishima
Rating64% 3.2492853.2492853.2492853.2492853.249285
Unknown to the world, there are 666 portals on Earth that connect this world to the other side which are concealed from human beings. However, there are some who are aware of their existence and are willing to locate and open the gates of the portals to obtain the power of darkness for their own pleasure. Somewhere in Japan, there exists the 444th portal known as The Forest of Resurrection.
Heat After Dark, 50minutes
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Shigeru Izumiya, Shun Sugata, Kazuma Suzuki
Rating59% 2.96332.96332.96332.96332.9633
Goto rencontre un vieil ami dans un bar et lui demande de l'aider à enterrer un homme "à la tête d'une sale organisation" qu'il vient apparemment de tuer. Ils prennent la route de Yaki-Yama avec le corps dans leur coffre. Presque arrivés, ils sont arrêtés par un policier qui ouvre leur coffre, mais ils découvrent que l'homme s'est enfui... Commence alors un règlement de comptes avec des yakuzas.

Scriptwriter

Samurai Zombie, 1h31
Directed by Tak Sakaguchi
Genres Horror comedy, Action, Horror, Slasher
Themes Medical-themed films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Comedy horror films, Disaster films
Actors Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tak Sakaguchi, Nana Natsume, Keiko Oginome
Roles Original Story
Rating51% 2.585092.585092.585092.585092.58509
A family of four (Shigeo, Yasuko, Asami and Ryota) on a road trip has their idyllic holiday turned into a nightmare with a bizarre series of events. They stop their car after accidentally hitting a man dressed in white (Aihara) but when he stands up brandishing a gun, another man, Jirō, shoots Aihara. Jirō and his manic girlfriend Lisa then hijack the family's car, holding the father at gun point. When one of the tires is punctured, Jirō tells the father, Shigeo, that they are in the land of the undead and that the father must go off to find help, leaving his family with the captors. When Shigeo finds a ghostly cemetery he starts digging until he finds a blade which he then uses to decapitate himself, with the resulting fountain of blood spraying an ancient tomb. Some time later an eerie samurai warrior appears from the tomb and begins to hunt the family and the captors. The fugitives think to find shelter in an abandoned building but more horrors and surprises await.