Yoshihiro Nakamura entered the film world on a well-trodden path. After making 8 mm films while studying at Tokyo’s Seijo University and winning a prize at the 1993 Pia Film Festival — a famous incubator for young Japanese filmmakers — he worked as an assistant director for Juzo Itami, Yoichi Sai and other prominent directors. He made his directorial debut with the 1999 comedy “Local News.”

After that typical beginning, however, Nakamura took something of a left turn by scripting and directing films in the then-hot horror genre. One was the hit 2002 film “Dark Water” (“Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara”), which Nakamura scripted from Koji Suzuki’s best-seller of the same title. Another was “Booth” (“Zettai Kyofu Busu”), a 2005 indie shocker that Nakamura scripted and directed.

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