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Mayu earned an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. In 2006, her first fiction feature, “The Summer of Stickleback,” premiered in the competition section at Busan International Film Festival.

In 2012, Mayu directed the documentary feature, “Lonely Swallows–Living as the Children of Migrant Workers,” which follows Japanese Brazilian kids struggling to survive in Japan and Brazil. The film won the Grand Prix in Documentary Features at the Brazilian Film Festival.

In 2015, Mayu directed another documentary feature, “Alone in Fukushima.” The film follows the man who stays with animals left behind in the Fukushima nuclear zone. The film was screened in the documentary section at the Montreal World Film Festival.

The film’s sequel “Alone Again in Fukushima” was screened at the Yamagata International Film Festival. Her writing credits include the script for “Tokyo Trial,” a Dutch/Canadian/Japanese scripted series that was nominated for the 45th Emmy Awards for Best TV Movie/Mini-Series.

Her thriller feature, “Intimate Stranger” had its world premiere at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival, in Nippon Cinema Now section.

Director Nakamura’s latest fiction feature, “She is me, I am her” saw its world premiere at Japan Society NYC in 2022.

Mayu Nakamura


MFA Degree
Graduate Film Program New York University
MFA Degree
English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
BA Degree
English & History of Art University College, University of London


2021 Osaka Asian Film Festival
Winner - Japan Cuts Award Special Mention "Among Four of Us"
2012 Brazilian Film Festival
Winner - the Grand Prix in Documentary Features “Lonely Swallows–Living as the Children of Migrant Workers”
2021 Asia International Competition
Nominee - Best Short Film "Among Four of Us"
2017 International Emmy Awards
Nominee - Best TV Movie/Mini-Series “Tokyo Trial”
2006 Pusan International Film Festival
Nominee - New Currents Award "Hariyo no natsu"
2006 Skip City International D-Cinema Festival
Nominee - Grand Prize "Hariyo no natsu"

Film Timeline


2024 Short Film
Hail Mary Director / Writer
2022 Feature Film
She is me, I am her Director / Writer
2021 Feature Film
Intimate Stranger Director / Writer
2021 Short Film
Among Four of Us Director / Writer
2018 Short Film
The Marionnettiste - Play Room Director / Writer
2017 Short Film
The Devil in the Afternoon Director / Writer / Editor
2006 Feature Film
Hariyo no natsu Director / Writer
2004 Short Film
Calling Director / Writer / Editor


2020 Feature Documentary
Alone Again in Fukushima Director / Writer
2015 Feature Documentary
Alone in Fukushima Director / Writer / Editor
2019 Feature Documentary
Watch Out for the Patriot! – Kunio Suzuki Director / Writer / Editor
2012 Feature Documentary
Lonely Swallows–Living as the Children of Migrant Workers Director / Writer / Editor


2022 TV Series
Othello Writer
2017 TV Feature Documentary
Planet Taxi: Driving in New York City (NHK BS1) Director (New York Edition)
2017 TV Feature Docmentary
Musical director Shuntaro Fujita directs musical in London Director
2016 TV Mini Series
Tokyo Trial Writer

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