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David was born and raised in the countryside of Japan where he spent his time catching frogs, chopping wood and trying to fit in as an American kid. He moved to the US at 15 and later attended Brooks Institute of Photography to study film and video production. His career started with directing short comedic pieces with actor David Ury for YouTube, including What Kind of Asian Are You? which has 10 million views and is used as part of high school curriculum in 5 countries for its perspective on race. Another of his, But We’re Speaking Japanese has 50 million views on facebook.
David was the Tokyo unit line producer for documentary film The People VS George Lucas, and his short film Augustine won Best Short Horror at Calgary Horror Con. He worked along director Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) as an interpreter for the film 7500 by CBS Films. As a Japanese-English interpreter he has interpreted for filmmakers and musicians like Hirokazu Koreeda, Naomi Kawase, Kirin Kiki, Emi Wada, Rob Cohen, Perfume, David Lee Roth and Lady Gaga.
David’s most recent work was as a story producer for Boardwalk Pictures’ Street Food, a Netflix original series about the empowering human story behind street food vendors across the world. He is currently finishing a feature-length documentary film about his father John Kaizan Neptune who is a traditional shakuhachi flute player called Words Can’t Go There. David lives in Los Angeles and in his free time still tries to catch frogs.