Mitsuru UDA

 Chosen by The Hollywood Reporter as one of 20 leading talents aged 35 and under for its Next Generation Asia 2010 list. Has operated his own personal Laboratory since 2017, and is engaged in a first-look contract with Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.Born in Japan. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, then joined Asmik Ace (now a subsidiary of Jupiter Telecom) and worked in sales, design, and production coordination before entering film production (planning/production services/production coordination).

 After handling Japanese video releases, he transferred to the film production division. Worked as a planning and production assistant on “The Black House” (1999), “Jubaku: Spellbound” (1999), “Fushigi no Tatarichan” (2000), “After the Rain” (2000), “Ring 0: Birthday” (2000), “Isola: Multiple Personality Girl” (2000), “School Day of the Dead” (2000), “Persona” (2000), “Inugami” (2001), “St. John’s Wort” (2001), and “Ping Pong” (2002), then juggled production coordination and investment/design production duties on “Nasu: Summer in Andalucia” (2003), “Hotel Venus” (2004), WOWOW animated series “Paranoia Agent” (2004), and produced the animated film “Tekkonkinkreet” (2006), directed by Michael Arias. 

 In 2019, he produced three projects by director Mika Ninagawa: the films “Diner” (Nippon TV/Warner Bros. Pictures Japan) starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, and “No Longer Human (Ningen-Shikkaku:Dazai Osamu To Sannin No Onnatachi)” (Shochiku/Asmik Ace) starring Shun Oguri, as well as NETFLIX series “FOLLOWERS” which began streaming in 2020. Other recent productions include “Walking Man” (Avex), the Shuhei Nomura-starring directorial debut of rapper Anarchy, and the Takahiro Miki-directed “Your Eyes Tell (Kimi no Me ga Toikaketeru)” (Gaga) starring Yuriko Yoshitaka and Ryusei Yokohama.

 Noted works as a main producer include “Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims” (2005), Kankuro Kudo’s directorial debut starring Tomoya Nagase and Shichinosuke Nakamura; “Sakuran” (2007), Mika Ninagawa’s directorial debut starring Anna Tsuchiya; “Heaven’s Door” (2009), the live-action directorial debut of Michael Arias starring Tomoya Nagase and Mayuko Fukuda; “Watashi no Yashikunai Sempai” (2010), Yutaka Yamamoto’s directorial debut starring Umika Kawashima and Satoshi Kaneda; “Helter Skelter” (2012), an adaptation of Kyoko Okazaki’s manga directed by Mika Ninagawa and starring Erika Sawajiri; “Girl in the Sunny Place” (2013), starring Jun Matsumoto and Juri Ueno, and directed by Takahiro Miki; “Princess Jellyfish” (2014), director Yasuhiro Kawamura’s adaptation of Akiko Higashimura’s manga, starring Rena Nonen and Masashi Suda; and “Have a Song on Your Lips” (2015), starring Yui Aragaki and directed by Takahiro Miki. Also planned, production, and coordinated “Too Young to Die!” (2016), directed by Kankuro Kudo and starring Tomoya Nagase and Ryunosuke Kamiki.

 Other non-film works as a producer include the streaming drama series “Let M: Watashi ga Anata o Ai suru Riyu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari” (2012, Bee TV) starring Erika Sawajiri and directed by Yuri Kanchiku; “Pink Spider inspired by Buffalo Gonin Musume” (2013, Uula), a long-form dramatic music video for recording artist Kumi Koda directed by Mika Ninagawa, partly based on a manga by Moyoco Anno; short film “Cowboy Bebop: Don’t Bother None” (2012, blu-ray), the live-action directorial debut of Shinichiro Watanabe; and short film omnibus “Ueno Juri to Itsutsu no Kaban” (2009, Wowow). Planning and assistance include the music video for idol group AKB48’s single “Heavy Rotation,” and “Kokoro no Hane” (2010).

Personal Lab: Seventh Art Laboratory / Affiliated agency: Hachinoji Inc.