Hideo Nakata (中田 秀夫 Nakata Hideo; born July 19, 1961) is a Japanese film director, best known for the Ring franchise and The Ring horror franchises.


Nakata made his initial breakthrough into film with Ghost Actress (1996). Although failing to attain any large-scale success, the film was responsible for leading to his directing of Ring. Before Ring was made, he and Hiroshi Takashi took six months to write the script for the film adaption of Ring. It was Hideo Nakata's idea to change the gender and the status of the protagonist from the novel. When Ring was released, it became a box office hit in Japan however, Rasen was bombed and became the unforgettable sequel. Kadokawa hired Nakata and his crew to create a sequel to Ring that will replace Rasen.

Other Nakata films include Sleeping Bride (2000); Curse, Death and Spirit; and Chaos (2000). He directed the psychological thriller The Incite Mill which premiered on 16 October 2010 in Japan. He has now completed a Japanese ghost story, Kaidan. Nakata is currently working on Hearn, which is about the life of Lafcadio Hearn who wrote Kwaidan.

He is represented by United Talent Agency. His film Chatroom, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.


  • Curse, Death & Spirit (1992 video) – Director
  • Don't Look Up (1996) – Director, Writer (story)
  • Tokyo biyori (1997) – Actor
  • Ring (1998) – Director
  • Joseph Losey: The Man with Four Names (1998) (documentary) – Director, Writer
  • Ring 2 (1999) – Director, Writer
  • Sadistic and Masochistic (2000) (documentary) – Director, Himself
  • Sleeping Bride (Garasu no nou) (2000) – Director
  • Chaos (2000) – Director
  • Sotohiro (2000) – Director
  • Chi wo suu uchuu (2001) – Actor
  • Dark Water (2002) – Director, Writer (screenplay)
  • Last Scene (2002) – Director, Producer
  • The Ring Two (2005) – Director
  • Dark Water (USA) (2005) – Writer
  • Hideo Nakata's Kaidan (2007) – Director
  • Death Note: L, change the WorLd (2007) – Director
  • The Incite Mill (2009) – Director
  • Chatroom (2010) – Director
  • The Complex (2013) - Director
  • Monsterz (2014) - Director
  • Words With Gods (2014)

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