Born in Brazil from Japanese parents, Hugo Kenzo is a writer, director and producer currently living in Hong Kong.


Before making his way to Eastern side of the globe, he lived in New York for 6 years, where he attended the prestigious Columbia University and pursued his Masters Degree in film. During that time, he strengthened his skills as a writer/director. His short film debut No Clothes premiered at Toronto’s Inside Out and screened in several other festivals around the world, including Germany, Ireland, Canada, India, the US and Brazil.


After graduating with honors in 2014, Hugo landed a job at HBO, under the guidance of Emmy-award winner Amy Schatz. He went on to work closely with Oscar-nominee director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), during the post-production of his biblical blockbuster Noah. 


But it was in 2016 that his life took an amazing turn. He started working for Oscar-winning director, humanitarian and personal idol Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) and remained by his side until his passing on April 2017. As a director’s assistant, he learned about the art of filmmaking from a true genius.


He’s currently writing for 2 interactive apps - Cliffhanger and Episode, while his original pilot Positive is being optioned by one of the largest production companies in Latin America.


A cat lover and an amateur carpenter, his main goal is to make a difference by making films


writer | director | producer