Naoyuki Ikeda Dreams of Becoming the Japanese Gene Kelly

Ikeda Reveals His Ambition During “Eye on Entertainment” Interview
By: Eye on Excellence Productions
Naoyuki Ikeda.
Naoyuki Ikeda.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - March 12, 2014 - PRLog -- Naoyuki Ikeda reveals that his ambition is to become the Japanese Gene Kelly, says Dawna Lee Heising, ‘Eye on Entertainment” host and a veteran of numerous film roles. Ikeda, born in 1968, in Moriyama-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, tells Dawna that because both his parents were employed, he spent much of his spare time in front of the TV. It was then that he knew his goal was acting and more specifically to be a film dancer like his hero Gene Kelly. Though he attended he entered Tsuru University and graduated with a B.A. in English literature in 1992, Ikeda says he never lost site of his Kelly-like ambition.

Ikeda worked at Epcot Center in Disney World in Florida from 1992 to 1993. However, his acting/dancing took a “back seat,” and he became a private junior and high school English teacher in Aichi until 2000 and then taught at a public junior and high school in Kagoshima until 2008.  However, when he read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Ikeda says that his acting ambitions resurfaced, and in February 2009 he was cast in the play in Kagoshima, Musical Gonza, and acted two characters.

In September 2009, Ikeda moved to LA and began his career as a film actor. His first appearance in a feature film was in Creep Creepersin’s “The Brides of Sodom” in which he plays the victim of vampire. Also in 2010 he was cast as a farmer who is betrayed and killed in the samurai play “Utsutsu.”  Ikeda’s versatility was also in evidence when in 2011 he won the role of a businessman in the contemporary play “Shiawaseno Hakarikata.”

Ikeda’s second feature film, Gregory Hatanaka’s “Blue Dream,” starred James Duval, Noah Hathaway and Star Trek’s Walter Koenig.  The 2013 production was showns at the San Francisco Indiefest.  The year 2013 was a busy one for Ikeda with acting appearances in several films. This year Ikeda appeared in the samurai play “BURAI Standing All Alone.” His role was that of a servant who betrays his master for money. His latestest film appearance is the soon-to-be-released “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance.”

Ikeda still longs for a Kelly-like role as an entertainer.

About Eye on Entertainment

"Eye on Entertainment," a division of Eye on Excellence™ Productions, is broadcast on Time Warner Cable across the nation.  The EOE team covers film festivals, award shows and filmmakers, with special emphasis on the Indie film industry.  Dawna Lee Heising, EOE executive producer and host, is a member of SAG-AFTRA, has a B.S. and MBA from Pepperdine University and was Ms. World 2008.  She won a 2014 EOTM Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host and a Best Actress Award at the 2014 Mockfest Film Festival for Jared Masters' "Teachers' Day".  The EOE team includes producers John Cox, Renah Wolzinger and Jerry Moore, director John Cox, cinematographer Jeremy Yorba, graphic designer Mark Schrimmer, guest host Stan Goodrich and composer Richard Myles.  Please visit: and

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