2005

               

 TOYOMICHI KURITA

Born: 1950, Japan.

Education: American Film Institute [AFI], Los Angeles [graduated in 1981].

Career: Was trained by doph Tatsuo Suzuki. Went to the USA.

Ph commercials dir by Andrei Konchalovsky, a.o. Ph music videos, e.g. 'Love Around the World' [1986; a: Leon Patillo; d: Nigel Dick], 'Candybar Express' [1986; a: Love and Money; d: Nigel Dick] & 'Two Hearts' [1986; a: John Parr; d: Nigel Dick].

Was ph mentor at the 3rd annual Asian Film Academy [2007], a three-week program that runs alongside the Pusan [Busan] International Film Festival, South Korea.

In 2007, he ph an online short [dir: Forest Whitaker; 3m33s] for Mountain Dew's DEWmocracy campaign, which involved fans electing new flavors, colors, names, packaging graphics and advertisements for upcoming Mountain Dew [Mtn Dew] products.

Awards: Independent Spirit Award [1986] for 'Trouble in Mind'; Independent Spirit Award nom [1989] for 'The Moderns'; Independent Spirit Award nom [1990] for 'Powwow Highway'; Award of the Japanese Academy nom [2000] for 'Gohatto'.



 FILMS

1976

La valse/The Waltz [Kohei Ando] 16mm/c; exp short/17m; cph: Kyoshi Nishiura

1983

When the Bough Breaks [Ellen Sandler] c; short/30m; 2uc: Tom Richmond; prod AFI

1983

Hard Rock Zombies [Krishna Shah] c; 2uc; ph: Tom Richmond

1983

Night Patrol [Jackie Kong] c; co-addph; ph: Hanania Baer & Juerg Walthers

1985

Trouble in Mind/Wanda's Café [Alan Rudolph] c

1986

Blood Red [Peter Masterson] c

1987

Powwow Highway [Jonathan Wacks] c

1987

The Moderns [Alan Rudolph] c; addph: Jan Kiesser

1989

Shadow of China/China Shadow [Mitsuo Yanagimachi] c

1990

Horton Foote's Convicts [Peter Masterson] c

1991

A Rage in Harlem [Bill Duke] c; 2uc: Philip Alan Waters

1992

Ohikkoshi/Moving [Shinji Soomai] c

1993

The Making of a Masterpiece - Walt Disney's Pinocchio [Mark Jean] b&w-c; doc/22m

1993

Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu [Charlotte Zwerin] HD-to-35mm/c; doc/58m; add cam: Jinichi Tamatsukuri

1994

Infinity [Matthew Broderick] c

1995

Waiting to Exhale [Forest Whitaker] c; SpaceCam ph: Michael Kelem

1996

Afterglow [Alan Rudolph] c; 2uc: Robert Stecko

1997

Bruno/The Dress Code [Shirley MacLaine] replaced by ph Jan Kiesser

1998

Cookie's Fortune [Robert Altman] c; 2uc: Robert Reed Altman

1999

Gohatto/Taboo [Nagisa Oshima] c

2003

First Daughter [Forest Whitaker] c

[Right] with dir Tyler Perry [l] and 1st asst dir Roger Bobb

"Madea's Family Reunion"

2005

Madea's Family Reunion [Tyler Perry] c; 2uc: Edwin Myers

2006

Daddy's Little Girls [Tyler Perry] c

2006

Sukiyaki Western Django [Takashi Miike] s35/c

2007

Why Did I Get Married? [Tyler Perry] c

2007

A Jazz Man's Blues [Tyler Perry] pre-production; revived in 2011 with Whitney Houston (rumored) in the cast

2008

The Family That Preys [Tyler Perry] s35-to-35mm/c

2009

Gama no abura/Toad's Oil [Kôji Yakusho] s16-35bu/c

2009

Why Did I Get Married Too? [Tyler Perry] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: John Trapman

2010

Madea's Big Happy Family [Tyler Perry] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Marc Dobiecki

2012

Nô otoko/Brain Man [Tomoyuki Takimoto] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c


 TELEVISION

1990

Grand Isle/The Awakening [Mary Lambert] tvm; uwph: Jordan Klein

1994

Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee [Frank Pierson] tvm; 2uc: Christopher Tufty

1995

Woman Undone [Evelyn Purcell] tvm

1995

Homecoming [Mark Jean] tvm

1996

Crime of the Century [Mark Rydell] tvm

2005

Masters of Horror [ep #13 'Imprint' dir by Takashi Miike] 26-part series, 2005-07; 1st season, 2005-06


 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1974

Denen ni shisu/Cache-Cache Pastoral/Pastoral: To Die in the Country/Pastoral Hide-and-Seek [Shuji Terayama] c.asst; ph: Tatsuo Suzuki

1974

Sakura no mori no mankai no shita/Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees [Masahiro Shinoda] co-asst ph; ph: Tatsuo Suzuki

1976

Seishun no satsujin sha/The Youth Killer [Kazuhiko Hasegawa] co-c.asst; ph: Tatsuo Suzuki

1979

Taiyô wo nusunda otoko/The Man Who Stole the Sun [Kazuhiko Hasegawa] co-c.asst; ph: Tatsuo Suzuki

1979

Kusa-meikyu/Le labyrinthe d'herbes/Grass Labyrinth [Shuji Terayama] c.asst; ph: Tatsuo Suzuki; seg of 'Collections privées'

1983

Miss Lonelyhearts [Michael Dinner] co-c.asst; ph: Juan Ruiz Anchía; prod AFI

1984

Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters [Paul Schrader] c.op; ph: John Bailey

1985

Nickel Mountain [Drew Denbaum] c.op; ph: David Bridges