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Hiro Narita, Japanese American Cinematographer. Served with United States Army, 1964-1966. Member International Photographers Guild, American Society Cinematographers, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences M C.

Background

Narita was born in 1941, in Seoul, Korea. Following his father's early death and his mother's remarriage to a Japanese American, he immigrated in 1957 to Honolulu, Hawaii where he graduated from Kaimuki High School.

Education

He went on to the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a BFA in Graphic Design in 1964.

Career

In 1945, he and his family moved to Nara, Japan, and later to Tokyo. Upon graduating from San Francisco Art Institutes he landed on a good position at a prominent local design firm, but the job lasted barely six months before he was drafted into the U.S. Army. For two years, he served as a designer and photographer at the Pentagon.

An avid movie fan since childhood, Narita decided to go into filmmaking rather than go back into graphic design upon his return to San Francisco in the mid-sixties. In 1976, he was one of the camera operators on Martin Scorsese's documentary The Last Waltz about the last concert of The Band. Later, he worked on projects like Apocalypse Now, More American Graffiti, and the Neil Young documentary Rust Never Sleeps.

In 1989, he photographed the Visual Effects in the Steven Spielberg film Always. In the following years, he was the Director of Photography on successful films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Dirty Pictures, and The Rocketeer. He also directed the 1997 hour-long documentary film, Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper.

Achievements

  • After an internship with John Korty and Victor J. Kemper on the Michael Ritchie movie The Candidate in 1971, he photographed the television movie Farewell to Manzanar in 1975, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. For his cinematography on the movie Never Cry Wolf he won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award in 1983. Narita served as Director of Photography on the 1997 Live Action Short Film Academy Award winning Visas and Virtue.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Director photography: (films) Farewell to Manzanar, 1976 (Emmy nomination, 1976). Never Cry Wolf, 1983 (Best Cinematography award National Society Film Critics, 1983). Solomon Northrup's Odyssey, 1984.Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1985. Amerika, 1987. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, 1989.The Rocketeer, 1991. Star Trek VI, 1992. Hocus Pocus, 1993.White Fang II, 1994. James & The Giant Peach, 1995. The Arrival, 1995.Stones & Paper, 1997. Conceiving Ada, 1998. Shadrach, 1998.I'll Be Home for Christmas, 1998. Dirty Pictures, 1999 (Emmy nomination, 2000). Half Past Autumn, 2001 (Emmy nomination, 2001).Technolust, 2002. The Darwin Awards, 2005. The Valley of the Heats' Delight, 2006 (Best Cinematography award Boston International Film Festival).Strange Culture, 2007

    • La Mission, 2009.

Membership

Served with United States Army, 1964-1966. Member International Photographers Guild, American Society Cinematographers, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences M C.

Connections

Married Barbara Parker, September 8, 1971.

father:
Masao Morikawa

mother:
Masako (Kojima) Morikawa