The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

Assistant Military Advisor
Japanese VO Supervisor
Historical Consultant


Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada/Koyuki


I was hired as the Assistant Military Advisor for this film that takes place in 1870's era Japan when she was transforming from a Samurai culture nation in to a Westernized power.


Filming took place in Japan, New Zealand and Los Angeles. The Technical Advisor, Sgt.Maj. James Dever (USMC-ret) and I set up a 1 week boot camp for the 500 Japanese extras from Japan whom for the most part had never even seen a rifle! In addition to the bootcamp and handling of the Japanese soldiers, we assisted with many historical aspects of the film including period language, buildings, uniforms and other military aspects.


I found Tom Cruise to be very intense and focused on the task at hand. I was impressed that he took the time to thank the 500 extras for their hard work personally at least once a week (through me as translator).


The Japanese stars of the film, Ken Watanabe and Hiroyuki Sanada were equally professional and dedicated to the project.


SgtMaj Jim Dever and I had several cameos in the film as German Officers, American Businessmen in Yokohama and as Cavalry Sgt's but unfortunately nearly all of it wound up on the cutting room floor. That's showbiz.

Windtalkers

Windtalkers

Japanese Technical Consultant

Japanese VO Supervisor


Director: John Woo

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Christian Slater


I was the Japanese Military Technical Advisor on this film directed by John Woo starring Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater. The movie is about the Marine's Navajo code talkers' important contribution to the invasion of Saipan in June 1944.


I have been to Saipan 3 times and was always fascinated with this particular little-known battle.


On the film I was involved wtih 4 months of pre-production in which authentic Japanese uniforms, equipment and gear were assembled and reproduced. Filming was done on the north shore of Oahu and at Santa Clarita, California. We conducted a 1 week Japanese bootcamp for the "Japanese soldiers" (Hawaiin born Japanese-Americans). I also assisted with post-production audio and Japanese voice-over dialogue.


One of the most interesting incidents that arose from the film was my meeting of Mr. Shiro Shimoda, one of the 5 surviving members of the 5th Tank 's banzai charge that occured on July 7th, 1944. Of the 800 men from the 5th that drove their Type 97 and Type 95 tanks into the Marine and Army lines at Tanapag that night, only 5 men managed to survive the battle. When we fabricated the Type 95 tanks for the movie, I did used the correct colors and markings for the 5th Company. When the movie played in Japan, Mr,. Shiro Shimoda, recognized his tank commander's tank markings! This led to a meeting in Osaka Japan where he gave me a boxed military sake cup he received from Emperor Hirohito.


The movie "Windtalkers" is one of the most historically accurate films to date regarding WWII Japan and USMC uniforms, equipment and weapons.

Battleship

Battleship

Researcher


Director: Peter Berg

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson


In  the movie, a modern day Japanese Self Defense Force warship joins the  U.S. Navy in a battle to defend the earth from aliens. I had the  pleasure of working as a researcher for both the Art Dept. and the  Wardrobe Dept. using my knowledge of the Japanese Navy in order to help  create authentic JMSDF uniforms and interior Japanese sets. The movie is  set in current day so I contacted friends in Japan who were actual  serving members of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force for  information on the correct uniforms, insignia, ranks. I don't want to  spoil anything so that's all I will say for now. The shirt and hat are  my crew swag.

The Great Raid

The Great Raid

Japanese Voice Over

Supervisor


Director: John Dahl

Starring: Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, Joseph Fiennes, Mark Consuelos

Jarhead

Jarhead

Assistant Military Advisor


Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx

Lucas Black, Chris Cooper

Memoirs of A Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha

Japanese VO Supervisor

VO Actor


Director: Rob Marshall

Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Yoki Kudo

Only the Brave

Only The Brave

Co-Military Advisor
VO Supervisor


Director/Actor: Lane Nishikawa
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Pat Morita, Tamyln Tomita, Yuji Okumoto


"ONLY THE BRAVE" High resolution JPEGs available for reprinting: Please contact: Lyla Foggia, (503) 622-0232 or lyla@foggiapr.com

Into the Sun

Into the Sun

VO Actor in English & Japanese


Director: mink

Starring: Steven Seagal, Matthew Davis, Takao Osawa, Ken Lo

Flags Of Our Fathers

Flags Of Our Fathers

Japanese Historical Consultant

Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach

Letters From Iwo Jima

Letters From Iwo Jima

Japanese Researcher


Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara