About Ryota Nakanishi 

Ryota Nakanishi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts,  the top art school of Japan with M.F.A., Master of Film and Media Arts in 2013.

 

Abandoned his aspiration of becoming a slavish figure of establishment because of his strong opposition against what the imperialists and its local agents have been doing in Japan and other parts of Asia after the World War 2(1939-1945).

He then became one of the founders and editors of the best seller record winning theatrical feature film The Rakugo Movie (starring the top Japanese star Takayuki Yamada, Japan, 2013). It was the first “alternative” genre film and pure commercial film production in the capital. This film won the top best seller records at Amazon.co.jp and Oricon Inc. in 2013. 

 

Ryota got strong support of a US assistant editor and professional multi-camera operator from USA to practice Soviet Montage and Hollywood film editing methodology in this feature genre filmmaking. For this film, he went to UCLA and ACE at Universal Studio to learn US filmmaking during summer of 2011. This was the first three year project in film and TV industry since 2011 to 2014. 

Mr. Nakanishi has been a freelance reviewer and a social commentator in Japan and other parts of Asia since 2005 to the present.  

 

His stay in Japan during 2011-16,  he mainly criticised the Shinzo Abe government’s “Abenomics”, and its neoliberal policies, labor problems with Japanese specialities which affecting the living standard of the Japanese working class, and the tragic overthrow of Yukio Hatoyama's democrat government (2009-2010) in the imperialist-bureaucrat-designed coup, instilled in him a personal involvement and an even more heightened interest in what the government and western imperialists have been doing in various parts of the world since August 15, 1945.

In the mid-2010s, after completion of film and TV projects he was assigned by the society, he mainly worked in Japan with ex-prime minister Yukio Hatoyama and his associates like a political economist Kazuhide Uekusa and the former chief of the Foreign Ministry's Intelligence and Analysis Bureau Ukeru-Magosaki on their project of establishing a new kind of social movement. Popular Unity Government of Chile is the best model for Japan that the first example of the parliament marxist Allende regime created the ''alternative'' to the stalinist and capitalist modes of politics.  Japan needs the Allende's way of realistic socialism.  

It was the 2nd. three year project in the social-movement field since 2013 to 2016.   

 

The 2nd. Three Year Project was general uprising of all Japanese opposition parties on national elections, also exposing imperialist personnels, puppets and their misdeeds. The social movement called All Japan for Peace and Coexistence (June 2015-). 

 

After he and his comrades resolved many inner and outer conflicts, on March 18, 2016, they successfully organised the largest uprising political convention that more than a thousand of key activists of Japanese opposition parties and organisations attended. The movement itself still continues to develop after he left there. 

He writes articles and books. His co-written book on film education and film policy, Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class, first published in Hong Kong in 2008;  in Mainland China in 2009 as part of the popular film text book ''Chinese Film Master Class'' series and updated since. It has received international acclaim for years.  Numerous Chinese readers called it “far and away the best book on the topic.” It's also a successful model of film master class in the Greater China Region.  

 

Besides this, another film text book is also important. It called "The Complete Record of The Creating Process of The S3D Short Film Blue Sky" which published by Taipei University of the Arts in 2011. Ryota contributed to directing Japanese role for this first Asian S3D movie project which introduced the digital 3D technology that used in Avatar (Dir. James Cameron, 2009).  

At USA Fright Night Film Festival, he finally won the Roger Corman Award for the “Best Foreign Short” by creating one of the top ten creepy urban legend stories of Taiwan, Moxina (a.k.a. Mô-sîn-á). This was the first time Asian film student won the US horror film festival award in professional competitions.  His writing about the award winning news was later published by Tokyo University of the Arts via its film department website in the end of August 2012. 

 

In that year, he won Corman Award for  “exemplary independent genre filmmaking” by writing one of the top ten censored stories of Taiwan, a film on how, in the 2000s, ancient time urban legend Mô-sîn-á is still influencing people's interpretations on missing people in mountains in Taiwan. It also became a winner of Kansas City Horror Film Festival in the late August 2012.  

 

Then, He finally encountered Roger Corman and attended his film lecture at Tokyo International Film Festival in Oct. 2012. Moreover, this year's Texas Chainsaw Massacre '74 Reunion at Days of the Dead Indianapolis 2012 was also successful. Ryota interacted with the most respected indy horror film cult classic casts and crews from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) as an award winner, he also conducted an interview. Moreover, his photographical works for this film convention were later used for film news in US. 

Ryota also contributed to world-class filmmakers' works, such as Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or NomineeLike Someone in Love  (Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, Iran-France-Japan, 2012), the 25th.Tokyo Sports Film Award Winner Ryuzo and Seven Henchmen (Dir. Takeshi Kitano, Japan, 2015). 

 

For TV production, TV documentary series at the largest cable television of Japan, J:COM's Furusato Time (2015-2017) with a popular actor Shingo Kazami, and TV drama series at the largest TV station of Japan, NHK's E-TV Judge (2015-2016) with the legendary samurai star Ken Matsudaira.  

His writings have been translated into more than 3 languages in the world.

Since 2005,  Ryota has been a columnist on demand for the various media and major news papers, such as UDN and Liberty Times which are published in Taiwan and distributed globally. Also his professional reviews on Amazon.co.jp were influential as the top 100 best reviewer since May 2013 until Feb. 2017 in e-commerce field. 

In 2007, the most famous Taiwan film director Hou Hsiao-Hsien stated that “ He's really diligent.” when his editing period of Flight of The Red Balloon (Taiwan/France, 2007) at Taipei Postproduction, apparently to gain better understanding of his best film school student and their difficult conditions. Ryota replied it well by his book and lectures.

 

In May 2018, the mainland China publisher NEW STAR PRESS released his co-written book 'Dust In The Wind: Hou Hsiao-Hsien talks Film' (ISBN:9787513326650). It is the reproduce of the 2008 Hong Kong published film book on Hou Hsiao-Hsien Film Master Class.  Since then it became a long seller book which has been sold for more than ten years.

Ryota's first Hong Kong film work is a video documentary ''Face to Face with Sammo Hung'' (2019) which starred the legendary Hong Kong action film star Sammo Hung and made by Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). He was in charge of one of interview questions about the film master who has worked with various generations of Hong Kong top film stars and film directors since the early 1960s until the present. Ryota successfully proceeded the Cantonese conversation with the living legend on his favourite films like Mr. Vampire (1985) and Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)'s creative inspiration.      

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