A Japanese film director and actor born in Japan and raised in the United States, Atsushi Ogata has worked all over the world in such countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and the United States. After graduating from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Early in his career for his first few screenplays he was able to receive funding from ZDF German national public television. In 2007, his indie short film Eternally Yours that he wrote, directed, and produced was the only Japanese film that was selected for the New Directors/New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film became a great success as he won the Best Short Film Award at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival in Thailand, the Indie Soul Best Story Line Award at the Boston Film Festival, and the Seahorse Award Best Short Film at the Moon Dance International Film Festival. He directed and released his first feature film “Cast Me If You Can” in 2010. As of recent, Ogata has extended into creating web series with his cross-cultural series “Yukata Cowboy”.