Public Lecture: Masato Harada on Japanese and Hollywood Film Making

March 26, 2004
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 212 (access)
Free and open to public, advance reservations are not required.

Masato Harada, a noted Japanese film director, screenwriter and actor, will speak at Temple University, Japan Campus on his experience as a director, working internationally in both Japanese and Hollywood productions. He would also talk about the process of writing and producing -- the challenges of the Japanese film market.

Masato Harada's Early Career

Masato Harada's early career in film was as a correspondent for the Japanese movie industry press. As a student in London in 1972, and later in Los Angeles, he was a Golden Globe critic, and also wrote Hollywood Interview and The Hollywood Movie Express. With his debut film "Goodbye Flickmania: Indian Summer," produced in Japan in 1979, he made the transition from critic to screenwriter and director. In the early 80s, he directed the Japanese dubbed versions of such films as "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back," and wrote the subtitles for Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Working in both the U.S. and Japan, his work has spanned cultures and genres. In the more than 10 films he has produced or directed in as many years, his features have received numerous awards at Film festivals, and he is recognized as one of Japan's most versatile and international directors.

Acting Debut in "The Last Samurai"

More recently, he has taken the role of social critic through films dealing with controversial issues in Japan such as discrimination (Kamikaze Taxi (1994), sexism and juvenile delinquency (Bounce: Ko Gals, 1997), and political corruption (Jubaku, 1999). In 2003, his acting debut was in "The Last Samurai," in which he played the villainous Omura, alongside Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise. Harada continues to write and direct, and is currently working on several projects, to be released in the coming year.

Masato Harada's lecture is in association with TUJ's Wakai Project, an ongoing forum for students, scholars, activists and those interested in popular culture to address issues related to Japanese youth culture.

For this event, students from the Wakai Project will moderate a discussion with Harada, at the conclusion of his remarks.

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Kyle Cleveland,
Director of Student Services,
Temple University, Japan Campus

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