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Filmmaker, Director, Writer, Producer, Actor, Bilingual Production Coordinator, Novelist, Columnist, Subtitle Translator, Illustrator & Graphic Designer and Video Content Creator

Masashi Nagadoi was born in Tokyo. Growing up in Tokyo during the 70s and 80s, where the American influence was enormous, Masashi was heavily impacted by American pop culture and art including movies, music, fashion, sports and lifestyle.

After having attended night school at Meiji University for two and a half years while working as a cook at a cafe and a fruits & vegetables clerk at a mini-supermarket during the day, he came to the U.S. for the first time when he was 19 years old. He studied ESL (English as Second Language) at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, in the summer of 1983. He also traveled around the entire country by Greyhound Bus. This experience planted the magnetism of discovering America in his heart.

He transferred to Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics & Business with Honor (Omicron Delta Epsilon) in 1987. During his college years, he completed the Spanish Language and Cultural Program in Guadalajara, Mexico, and studied European architecture and impressionistic art in France and the U.K. He was a recipient of the General Foods Scholarship. Selected an All-Minnesota College Rugby Football team member, he competed in the Midwest Regional National Championship.

After graduation, Masashi relocated to Los Angeles and started working as a management business consultant at Arthur Young International (now Ernst & Young). He assisted accounting services and business planning, formatted financial statements, and consulted on computer information systems for mainly Japanese and Japanese-American firms. On a side note, Masashi’s father was a tax accountant in Tokyo.

However, Masashi’s interest in film, media, and art grew during this period, inspiring his decision to attend UCLA's Graduate Film School. At UCLA, he was a recipient of the Motion Picture Association of America Award and was the representative of Cineco Film Organization. He received a M.F.A. in 1994. His first short film, “Samurai Salesman,” was Finalist for the Film Front National Student Film Festival. His thesis documentary film, “My Mother’s Sakhalin,” was Finalist in the Long Island Film & Video Festival.

Since graduation, he has pursued work in the field of direction, production & development, writing and acting in the Entertainment Industry. His dramatic short film, “Moment Café,” won the Gold Award at Worldfest-Houston and was screened at the New York International Independent Film Festival and the New York Japan Society Film Festival.

His first directorial feature, ”Cruel Game” (with Mako, Jennifer Tung, Jennifer Rubin and Victoria Silvstedt) was released on DVD by Universal and aired on Showtime, as well as in Japan under the title “Angel Game.” It has been distributed in over 30 countries around the world.

At present, Masashi is developing several feature-length projects. Completed scripts are in the following:

• “Pink Butterfly” (Thriller/Drama) - A Japanese version of “Flashdance” combined with “Black Swan.” A young Japanese girl’s dream of becoming a hip-hop dancer in the U.S. doesn’t seem to go as it appears.

• “Violet Summer” (Thriller/Drama) - A middle-aged writer falls in love with a beautiful Siren-like mysterious woman on the exotic tropical beach in Southeast Asia. Is he dreaming or...?

• “Fatal Effect” (Action/Suspense/Thriller) - An original, fast tempo story that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats until the very end! Johnny Mile can see the future but can he save himself from the one truth he can’t see? “Memento” meets “Final Destination” in the stylish action suspense thriller “Fatal Effect.”

• “Rising Sons” (Sports/Comedy) – Star quarterback for the worst college football team in Minnesota, Chad Heaven, needs to win! He recruits two exchange students from Japan – former sumo wrestlers!

In development:
• “The Adventure of Giant Teddy Kumagoro” (Action Adventure)
• “Film School Scandal”(Mystery)
• “Green Sox” (Action Drama)
• “Paradise in Spring Valley” (Romance Drama)
• “Casino Edo Castle” (Comedy Action)
• “Final Discovery” (Mystery)

As Director: Masashi has directed numerous commercials & corporate videos for clients such as Kyolic, Ajinomoto, Zojirushi, Yamamotoyama, Norson, etc., for the U.S., Mexico and Japan market.

He has worked on over 100 productions including feature films, TV shows and commercials as producer, director, production manager, bilingual production coordinator, location manager, production assistant, etc. One of the most notable shows Masashi has worked on is “Pokémon” for Shogakukan Shueisha Productions and OLM, one of the Japan’s biggest animation companies.

As Actor: Masashi appears in the role of Admiral Ichimaru in “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood, and in the role of Colonel Masataka Ida in “The Last Mission” on History Channel. He also played the role of a Japanese journalist in an apocalyptic thriller, “Final: the Rapture.” He has appeared in numerous commercials, TV shows, corporate videos, as well as worked on voice-overs in commercials and video games. He is a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild).

As Writer: He has written five short novel series, “Neo Showa Period Adolescence Short Novels” (10 short novels altogether) in Japanese, which are currently available in e-book formats including Kindle for the Japanese market. He has also published two books: “Laughing Hollywood Away” and Japanese translated version of “The Power of Film (by his UCLA Professor Emeritus Howard Suber)” for the Japanese market. Since 1998, Masashi has been a monthly contributing columnist for RAFU SHIMPO, the nation’s oldest and largest bilingual newspaper.

As Translator: He has translated over 100 features (major studio films as well as independents), documentaries, animations, TV shows, commercials, corporate video, presentation materials, screenplays, etc., as Subtitle Translator as well as Translator and Interpreter.

As Illustrator & Graphic Designer: He has created over 1000 originally designed & illustrated merchandizing products that have been distributed through online markets, such as ZAZZLE, enabling his work to reach around the world.

As Video Content Creator: He has created over 150 original short video contents including movie trailers, short skits, magic, driving shot, video poems, travelogue videos, art promotional videos, etc., showcasing through the Internet. He conceives an idea, writes, shoots and edits all by himself.

He is a former board member of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) as Treasurer.

Based in Los Angeles, Masashi would love to continue working as an Artist in the field of creative and artistic vision & expression.


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1924年にオープンしました。470 mの長さです。




The Terminator (1984)
Blade Runner (1982)
Independence Day (1996)
Gattaca (1997)
Con Air (1997)
Demolition Man (1993)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Sneakers (1992)
Money Talks (1997)
Kill Bill (2003)
Transformers (2007)

Cruel Game (2002)

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1999年春、短編「モーメント・カフェ」がヒューストン・ワールドフェスト映画祭で金賞受賞。2000年2月初長編スリラー映画「Cruel Game」DVD全米リリース(ユニバーサル)。「エンジェルゲーム」DVD日本マーケットリリース(D’s Gate)。「Deception」海外40ケ国配給中。

SAG-AFTRA(全米俳優協会)会員。俳優として、映画『硫黄島からの手紙』(市丸少将役)、ヒストリー・チャンネルTV戦争ドラマ『ザ・ラスト・ミッション』(井田中佐役)、映画『The Final: The Rapture』(ジャーナリスト役)などに出演。

監修書に『ハリウッドを笑い飛ばせ! 映画が面白くなる業界ウラ話』(小学館集英社プロダクション、2012年)、訳著に『パワー・オブ・フィルム 名画の法則』(キネマ旬報社、共訳、2010年)。2015 年、短編小説電子書籍『ネオ昭和青春ノベル・シリーズ』(全5シリーズ全10話)が知玄舎から配信。


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