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Cary Joji Fukunaga
Born July 10, 1977 (1977-07-10) (age 32)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation filmmaker, writer and cinematographer
Years active 2006 - present

Cary Joji Fukunaga (born July 10, 1977) is an American film director, writer and cinematographer.


Early life

Fukunaga was born in Oakland, California, has lived in France, Japan and Mexico City, and now resides in New York City. His father is Japanese and his mother is Swedish.[1] Fukunaga graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in History[2] in 1999[3] and attended Institut d'├ętudes politiques (IEP) de Grenoble,[4] and New York University in the Graduate Film Program. He has received several grants including a USA Rockefeller Foundation Fellowhship, the John H. Johnson Film Award, a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, and a Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Bursary. In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Spanish.[1]

Film work

Fukunaga wrote and directed the short film Victoria para Chino (2004) while at NYU, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received a Student Academy Award in 2005.[5] He made his feature film debut with Sin Nombre. It has also been announced that he is to make a film adaptation of Jane Eyre.



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