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Desmond Nakano (born 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, film score composer, and actor. He is Sansei, or third-generation Japanese American. He directed the feature films, White Man's Burden (1995)[1] and American Pastime (2007).[2] His writing credits include the screenplays for the dramatic feature films Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989),[3] American Me (1992),[4] White Man's Burden, and American Pastime.

Desmond Nakano
Born1953 (age 65–66)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film score composer, actor
Years active1979–present
Parent(s)Lane Nakano


  1. ^ Wilmington, Michael (Dec 1, 1995). "Reversal of Fortune Drives 'Heady' Burden". Chicago Tribune. p. 7D.
  2. ^ Wallace, Bruce (May 13, 2007). "Movies; Barracks and Baseball in the Utah Desert; In American Pastime, West Coast Japanese Interned During World War II Take to the Field in a Struggle for Dignity". The Los Angeles Times. p. E8.
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (May 2, 1990). "Review/Film; A Brutal, Elegiac Last Exit, Unrelieved by Hope". The New York Times. p. C15.
  4. ^ Turan, Kenneth (March 13, 1992). "Movie Review; American Me Delivers". The Los Angeles Times. p. F1.

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