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United Performers' Studio

 

Our Mission

United Performers' Studio, Inc. (UPS) provides professional casting and production services for film, television, and theater in Japan, the United States, and around the world.

For our international clients, our mission is to provide the best possible counsel as a casting agency and communications liaison. We strive to introduce our clients to the most appropriate and reliable Japanese talent, and make sure that their project needs are met with professional efficiency.

For our Japanese clients, our mission is to facilitate their ability to cast international performers in their projects and to provide them with the necessary communications services to organize overseas productions.

As the world becomes smaller with the evolution of technology, our vision at United Performers' Studio, Inc. is to act as a liaison in the global arena of arts and entertainment in order to promote greater cultural understanding and exchange.

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Our Business

■ CASTING

We provide professional bilingual casting services for independent films, major motion pictures and stage productions. Led by casting director Yoko Narahashi, UPS has provided superior casting and coordination services for such films as “The Last Samurai” (2003) and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005).

■ PRODUCTION

We produce many original plays and musicals, and provide production-related services for film and television. We have experience coordinating large-scale productions like “The Last Samurai,” which Yoko Narahashi associate-produced, as well as smaller productions like the touring stage play, “The Winds of God.” UPS continues to encourage creative talent in all areas of producing, directing, writing, and acting.

■ COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING

An essential part of our work involves assisting industry professionals to effectively communicate with Japanese agencies, directors, and artists. We provide consulting services for international clients in order to streamline their ability to do business in Japan. We offer interpretation and translation services as well as consultation on the cultural protocol required when working with Japanese agencies. We also offer post-casting liaison services related to contract negotiations and visa procurements for Japanese talent.

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Company Information

  • United Performers' Studio, Inc.
  • President-Yoko Narahashi
  • ADDRESS:
  • Tokyo Head Office
  • Mind Waa B1, 2-27-27 Izumi
  • Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0063 JAPAN
  • Los Angeles Branch Office
  • 12036 Goshen Avenue, Suite #7
  • Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA
  • CONTACT US:
  • Email
  • info@upsnews.co.jp
  • Tokyo Office
  • +81-3-5355-6660 (tel.)
  • +81-3-5355-6680 (fax)
  • Los Angeles Office
  • 310-442-1505 (tel.)

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Yoko Narahashi's Profile

Yoko NarahashiYoko Narahashi is a producer, an award-winning director of stage and screen, a casting director and a lyricist. The daughter of an international Japanese diplomat, Yoko grew up in Montreal and Ottawa receiving her formal education in Canada. She later trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Among the plays and musicals she has directed are “Hair,” “The Magic Monkey” and the award winning “The Winds of God” which was performed in Los Angeles, New York (Strasberg Institute, Actors Studio, and the United Nations), Australia and New Zealand. Narahashi’s feature film directorial debut THE WINDS OF GOD won her the Japan Film Critics Award for Best New Director. Narahashi has been a casting director for foreign feature film productions since she worked with Director and Producer Steven Spielberg on EMPIRE OF THE SUN in 1987; THE LAST SAMURAI directed by Ed Zwick; MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA directed by Rob Marshall; BABEL directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; 47 RONIN directed by Carl Rinsch, starring Keanu Reeves and due for release in 2013 and WOLVERINE directed by James Mangold due for release in Dec. 2013. She produced and cast THE RAMEN GIRL directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and EMPEROR (2012). For THE LAST SAMURAI Narahashi also acted as Associate Producer and assisted Tom Cruise with his Japanese dialogue and Ken Watanabe with his English dialogue. In 1978 Narahashi wrote the original lyrics for Japanese TV series MONKEY, an action adventure story based on an ancient Chinese legend tracing the origins of Buddhism, screening in many countries around the world. In 1974 she co-founded the successful Model Language Studio, which teaches English through drama now in 34 locations. The MLS program consists of the training for actors, audition practice, workshops, as well as English training for business professionals, adults, English teachers and children. Narahashi followed that MLS by establishing the United Performers’ Studio, a production (film, theater, TV and video) and management company for professional actors. The company now focuses mainly on casting and production work for international film and television. In 1998, she also founded UPS Academy, an acting school with an emphasis on method acting.

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■ CASTING WORK

2012 ALL YOU NEED IS KILL dir.Doug Liman
Japan Casting
2012 THE WOLVERINE dir. James Mangold
Japan Casting
2011 47 RONIN dir. Carl Rinsch
Japan Casting
2011 EMPEROR dir. Peter Webber
Japan Casting
2010 PACIFIC RIM dir. Guillmero del Toro
Japan Casting
2009 RESTLESS dir. Gus Van Sant
Japan Casting
2009 BATTLESHIP dir. Isabel Coixeth
Japan Casting
2008 MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO dir. Isabel Coixeth
Japan Casting
2008 NINJA ASSASSIN dir. James MeVeigh
Japan, Korea Casting
2008 I SURVIVED A JAPANESE GAME SHOW (ABC)
Japan Casting
2007 WAITING FOR THE SUN Internet cinema
2007 THE GOLDEN COMPASS Voice actors for Japan
2007 108 dir. Yoshitaka Mori
Casting Director
2007 JUMPER dir. Doug Liman
Japan Casting
2007 LOCK and ROLL FOREVER dir. Peter Barsocchini
Japan Casting
2007 AMAZING GRACE Reality Show
Japan Casting Director
2005-2006 RAMEN GIRL dir. Robert Allan Ackerman
Casting

2006 AMERICAN PASTIME dir. Desmond Nakano
Casting
2005 BABEL dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Japan Casting Director
2005 D.O.A.: DEAD OR ALIVE dir. Corey Yuen
Japan Casting Assistance
2004 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA dir. Rob Marshall
Japan Casting Director
2004 PROOF OF THE MAN (Fuji TV)
Canada Casting Director
2004 SIN CITY dir. Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Japan Casting Assistance
2002 THE LAST SAMURAI dir. Edward Zwick
Japan Casting Director
1999 THE GODDESS OF 1967 dir. Clara Law
Japan Casting Director
1998 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA dir. Steven Spielberg (cancelled)
Asia Casting Director
1997 MEMORY AND DESIRE dir. Niki Caro
Japan Casting Director
1996 LOLA ROSA, a Filipino film (cancelled)
Japan Casting Director
1995 SHURIKEN (Japan-New Zealand Joint Theater Production)
Japan Casting Director
1990 ATAMI, an American film (cancelled)
Japan Casting Director
1998 HONOLULU CRU (TV Disney, ABC)
Japan Casting Assistance
1997 SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS dir. Scott Hicks
Japan Casting Assistance
1996 EMPIRE OF THE SUN dir. Steven Spielberg
Japan Casting Assistance

■ PRODUCTION WORK

THEATER:  
2003-Present THE WINDS OF GOD (UPS produced touring production)
2004 KENJI IN THE MILKYWAY (UPS Academy Production)
2003 9 ON A BOAT (UPS Academy Production)
2002 JOHN-KUN & YOKO-CHAN (UPS original)
2001 TATSU (UPS original)
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
2000 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEXT
1999 RUNNER (UPS original)
THE WINDS OF GOD (UPS produced tour)
DREAM OF PASSION (UPS original)
1996-1997 THE WINDS OF GOD (UPS produced touring production)1996 CLOWN SAID NO (UPS original)
THE WINDS OF GOD ~ WORLD PEACE TOUR
1995 SHURIKEN (Japan-New Zealand Joint Production)
1994 THEATRESPORTS
OF MICE AND MEN (Musical Circus)
1993 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Musical)
MOONLIT CLUB (UPS original)
1991-1993 THE WINDS OF GOD (UPS original)
1990 MUSHO (UPS original based on JERICHO MILE)
1987 STARSHINE (UPS original musical)
1986 MONKEY (UPS original musical)
1985 FAME (UPS original musical based on film)
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
1983 SHIN SAIYUKI (UPS original musical, MAGIC MONKEY)
SHIN SAIYUKI PART 2
1982 ATO (UPS original)
FILM:  
2004-2005 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Acting Coach)
2002-2003 THE LAST SAMURAI (Associate Producer)
1993-1995 WINDS OF GOD (Director)
1992 HIKKOSHISHA Commercial (Director)
1991 DAIEI KYOUIKU SYSTEMS Commercial (Director)
1983 THE INNER TRIP (Producer, Writer, Director)

■ COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING

2005 BABEL dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Script Translation, Interpretation, Cultural Counsel, etc.
2004 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA dir. Rob Marshall
Script Translation, Contract Negotiation, Travel Liaison,
On-Location Interpretation, Visa Procurement, etc.
2004 PROOF OF THE MAN (Fuji TV)
Script Translation, Post-Casting Liaison.
2002 THE LAST SAMURAI dir. Edward Zwick
Script Translation, On-Location Interpretation,
Script Consultation, Travel Liaison, Press Liaison, etc.

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