Norio Tsuruta

  • Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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  • Often called "The Father of Japanese Horror" because of his early-'90s straight-to-video series Scary True Stories, which influenced the creators of Ringu (1998) and Ju-on: The Grudge (2003).
  • First theatrically released film was the fourth entry in the popular Ringu series, Ringu 0: Bâsudei (Birthday) (2000).
  • First English-language project was "Dream Cruise," a second-season episode of the Showtime anthology series Masters of Horror.


  • Wako University, Tokyo, Japan (BA in Economics)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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