Kentaro Hagiwara (left) Kyohta Fujimoto (co-writer / right)
Hagiwara is a graduate of Film Studies, Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Soon after he graduated in 2007, he returned to Japan and joined The Directors Guild in Tokyo as a commercial film director. He has been working in commercials, short films and others. His short Super Star (2011), Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Special Film Project, received acclaim and awards including Guam International Film Festivalfs Grand Jury Award in Short Film competition. Spectacled Tiger will be his first feature film.
Hagiwara and Kyohta Fujimoto, co-writer of Spectacled Tiger, are alumni of the first Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo, collaboration between the Sundance Institute and its longtime partner NHK.