Hideo Nakata was born on July 19, 1961 in Okayama, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Dark Water (2002), Ringu (1998) and Words with Gods (2014).
Trade Mark (1)
His films are often adapted, or influenced, by Koji Suzuki's novels.
According to his official website, his 1996 theatrical debut film was a documentary called "Man With 4 Names," on Joseph Losey, Wisconsin-bred-British-based filmmaker who was a Communist Party member.
Has a brother.
Studied journalism at the University of Tokyo.
Often directs literary adaptations of Koji Suzuki's novels, such as Ring (1998) and Dark Water (2002). Ring 2 (1999) was not based on his sequel novel Spiral, which was adapted into the failed sequel Rasen (1998), and functioned as a replacement sequel for that film. The Ring Two (2005) was also not based on the novel and, additionally, was not a remake of the Japanese version and had its own unique plot.
Never made another American film after directing The Ring Two (2005). He refused to do so after the studio interference he faced during the film's production.
Personal Quotes (2)
[Children] are closer to the Other World than adults are. And they can be possessed by the supernatural specifically because they are close to that world.
This may sound too simple but Asian ghosts can stand just behind you and can stare at you and doesn't say anything, just stands and stares at the main character. And that could be scary from our point of view... Whereas western movies, in general, westerns ghosts are an evil existence and are meant to do something to the victims, they attack the victims. So that is a difference that active feeling, the aggressiveness of the apparition in the western horror movies whereas in the Asian ones it's not. But of course there are exceptions like the Robert Wise film The Haunting or The Turn of the Screw, those movies the ghosts were just there. In fact with The Haunting there was no ghost whatsoever in the movie, so there are some exceptions.