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      Cary Joji Fukunaga

      Cary Joji Fukunaga

      Highest Rated: 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Joe Bell (2020)

      Birthday: Jul 10, 1977

      Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

      Using both his educational background and real-life experiences, Cary Joji Fukunaga emerged in a big way onto the filmmaking scene with his debut, "Sin Nombre" (2009), which earned the director widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards following the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After winning a Student Academy Award for making a short film based on the tragic end for a group of illegal immigrants in Texas, Fukunaga journeyed across Central America atop a railroad car alongside other migrant workers in order to better understand their often harrowing plights in trying to cross the border. An eye-opening experience, his travels led to writing the script for "Sin Nombre," a tension-filled crime thriller about a young Honduran girl being escorted to the U.S. border by a repentant gang member desperately trying to escape certain retribution from his fellow bangers. Thanks to the independent success of the film, which earned several critics and film festival awards, Fukunaga found himself on Hollywood's radar, earning a development deal with a major studio that led to an adaptation of the classic British novel "Jane Eyre" (2011), followed by the first season of dark and gritty cable television mystery "True Detective" (HBO 2014- ). Departing that series after creative clashes with its creator Nic Pizzolatto, Fukunaga returned to the big screen with "Beasts of No Nation" (2015), a chilling tale about an African civil war as seen through the eyes of a child soldier.

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      Cary Fukunaga at arrivals for MANIAC Season One Premiere on NETFLIX, Center 415, New York, NY September 20, 2018. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection Cary Fukunaga at arrivals for HBO EMMY Party, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: Michael Germana/Everett Collection Cary Fukunaga, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Winner fo ''True Detective'' in the press room for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Press Room, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collec BEASTS OF NO NATION, from left: Idris Elba, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, on set, 2015. ©Bleecker Street Media SIN NOMBRE, director Cary Fukunaga (right of camera), on set, 2009. ©Focus Features SIN NOMBRE, director Cary Fukunaga, on set, 2009. ©Focus Features SIN NOMBRE, director Cary Fukunaga, on set, 2009. ©Focus Features SIN NOMBRE, director Cary Fukunaga, Paulina Gaitan, on set, 2009. ©Focus Features



      No Score Yet 77% The Sound of 007 Self - 2022
      83% 88% No Time to Die Director,
      $160.8M 2021
      40% 73% Joe Bell Producer $1.4M 2020
      88% 65% Thumper Executive Producer - 2017
      85% 84% It Screenwriter $327.5M 2017
      67% 49% Little Boxes Executive Producer - 2016
      83% 56% Lovesong Dean (Character) $10.5K 2016
      91% 92% Beasts of No Nation Director,
      $83.9K 2015
      67% 61% On the Ice Executive Producer $70.5K 2011
      85% 76% Jane Eyre Director $11.2M 2011
      88% 89% Sin nombre Director,
      $2.5M 2009


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