Masaya Kakei

Film Director, Scriptwriter

Born in Tokyo in 1977. Studied cinematic expression and theory while working toward a bachelor’s degree in cinema at Nihon University College of Art. After graduating from college, Kakei was hired by a corporate video package production company where he produced animations and computer-generated content. After leaving that company, he worked as a freelance director. In 2003, the film “Bijokan” (Beautiful Girl Can) won numerous awards at independent film festivals in Japan, including the Grand Prix at the Yubari Film Festival, and was released in theaters in 2004. In 2005 he produced “Tales of the Unusual: Spring Special Edition,” which was a remake of his own work starring Satoshi Tsumabuki. Serves as scenario writer, chief director and scriptwriter for drama series “Loss: Time: Life” (since February 2008; Fuji Television). Spring of that same year saw the theatrical release of “Sweet Rain: Shinigami no Seido” (Sweet Rain: The God of Death’s Precision) (starring Takeshi Kaneshiro), Kakei’s first feature film. Later directed works including WOWOW drama “Tofu Shimai” (Tofu Sisters) (Yuriko Yoshitaka), TV Asahi’s “Shinigami-kun” (Mr. God of Death) (Satoshi Ohno) and the Fuji Television series “Time Taxi” (script by Bakarhythm, starring Yutaka Takenouchi). In addition to video, Kakei is also engaged in illustration and manga (“Perfumen” received an honorable mention for the 68th Tetsuya Chiba Prize).