Born in Okayama, Japan in 1961, Nakata studied both applied physics and journalism at the University of Tokyo. Upon graduating, he landed a job as an assistant director at Nikkatsu Studios where he worked for seven years under the mentorship of director Masaru Konuma. Moving to the UK in 1993, he began making an independent documentary film entitled Joseph Losey: The Man With Four Names. After a year and a half, he returned to his native Japan. In 1996, he directed his first feature film, Joyu-rei (aka Ghost Actress), which incorporated many of the trademark supernatural elements for which he would become best known.
In 1999, the same year he directed Ringu 2, Nakata switched gears to direct the crime-drama Kaosu (aka Chaos). Returning to his roots in 2002, he directed Honogurai mizu no soko kara (aka Dark Water), based on a novel by Ringu's Suzuki Koji. American versions of both Chaos and Dark Water are currently being produced. In 2000, between feature films, Nakata directed a documentary film on his mentor Masaru Konuma entitled Sadistic and Masochistic.
The Ring Two marks Nakata's American film directing debut. He is currently in development on several upcoming features, including a crime thriller entitled Out, and a remake of the paranormal horror film The Entity.
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|Birthday||July 19, 1961 (57)|
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