Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Highest Rated: 92% Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Lowest Rated: 38% Joe Bell (2020)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1977

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

Using both his educational background and real-life experiences, Cary Joji Fukunaga emerged in a big way onto the filmmaking scene with his debut, "Sin Nombre" (2009), which earned the director widespread critical acclaim and numerous awards following the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. After winning a Student Academy Award for making a short film based on the tragic end for a group of illegal immigrants in Texas, Fukunaga journeyed across Central America atop a railroad car alongside other migrant workers in order to better understand their often harrowing plights in trying to cross the border. An eye-opening experience, his travels led to writing the script for "Sin Nombre," a tension-filled crime thriller about a young Honduran girl being escorted to the U.S. border by a repentant gang member desperately trying to escape certain retribution from his fellow bangers. Thanks to the independent success of the film, which earned several critics and film festival awards, Fukunaga found himself on Hollywood's radar, earning a development deal with a major studio that led to an adaptation of the classic British novel "Jane Eyre" (2011), followed by the first season of dark and gritty cable television mystery "True Detective" (HBO 2014- ). Departing that series after creative clashes with its creator Nic Pizzolatto, Fukunaga returned to the big screen with "Beasts of No Nation" (2015), a chilling tale about an African civil war as seen through the eyes of a child soldier.

Highest rated movies





No Score Yet No Score Yet No Time to Die Director,
- 2021
38% 75% Joe Bell Producer $1.4M 2020
88% 67% Thumper Executive Producer - 2017
86% 84% It Screenwriter $327.5M 2017
83% 56% Lovesong Dean (Character) $10.5K 2016
67% 49% Little Boxes Executive Producer - 2016
92% 92% Beasts of No Nation Director,
$83.9K 2015
67% 62% On the Ice Executive Producer $70.5K 2011
84% 76% Jane Eyre Director $11.2M 2011
88% 89% Sin nombre Director,
$2.5M 2009


No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019
78% 77% True Detective Executive Producer,
2014 2019
84% 84% Maniac Director 2018
77% 80% The Alienist Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Story Guest 2015