AMFI is a team of Asian, mainly Japanese, who have undergone military training boot camps for acting in movies and have careers as actors, stuntmen and military advisors.
Military trainings for acting in movies make actors be able to behave or express like the actual soldiers during the shooting of war movies. The training was first carried out on the movie “Platoon”, and with the success of the film, more and more Hollywood productions are employing the training for their war movies.
We were trained under the supervision of Mr. Dale Adam Dye, the former U.S. Marine captain, who led the military training in “Platoon” and established the profession of military supervisor in Hollywood movies that we see today.
Recent war movie or TV drama productions demand reality from actors.
Members of AMFI have the ability to act realistically and perform stunts thanks to the military training they have gone through, and are highly valued by production companies.
Yutaka Izumihara and Yuki Nagashima are representatives of AMFI.
It has been my distinct privilege to serve as Yutaka Izumihara’s Commanding Officer in an intense and demanding military environment over the past year. During that time he became one of my most trusted and reliable men during filming of a major American production concerning World War II.
Yutaka is an honorable, good-humored man who accepts challenges with grace and dedication to any assigned task. He consistently applies his own insight and understanding to work under a frenetic, constantly changing work schedule. This man is multi-talented and goal oriented. He has a quick mind and rapidly learns new tasks. He has diligence, tenacity, intelligence and honesty.
He has my most enthusiastic endorsement and highest recommendation.
Captain Dale Dye
It has been my distinct privilege to serve with YUKI NAGASHIMA on several difficult and demanding projects over the past six years. He is without doubt one of the most selfless and devoted employees I have ever encountered. I have watched him do practically anything and everything in support of missions that demanded tireless attention over grueling hours. He often sacrificed personal desires and pursuits to devote his copious energies to any task I assigned him. I was inspired and motivated regularly by observing YUKI NAGASHIMA’S amiable leadership style and acute decision-making skills.
Most recently, YUKI served as one of my Warriors Cadre members on “The Pacific,” a major mini-series for HBO television, which follows units of the 1st Marine Division through the major battles of World War II. Operating in a rugged field environment in northern Australia, YUKI was instrumental in helping me train actors and extras to portray genuine, credible Japanese soldiers. While his historical knowledge, extensive research and technical expertise was valuable in this pursuit, what really made him an outstanding asset was his knack for instilling spirit and élan in people with no background or knowledge of the subject he was addressing. He was innovative and inspirational in these efforts and the result of his leadership shows throughout the project.
YUKI NAGASHIMA is one of the most motivated, creative and versatile men I have ever known.
He has my most enthusiastic endorsement for any employment he may seek in the future.
Captain Dale Dye
AMFI stand for (Asian Military Film Industry) is a team of members trained by a Vietnam War veteran, Captain Dale Dye, and have been working as a cast, stuntman and military consultant.
Military Training for Acting in Movies:
Military trainings for actors we call here is “Basic Training”.
“Basic Training” is the program of physical and mental training required in order for an actor to become a soldier. Basic Training is designed to be highly intense and challenging. The challenge comes as much from the difficulty of physical training as it does from the required quick psychological adjustment to an unfamiliar way of a solder’s life.
Basic Training mainly consists of “Advanced Individual Training” and “Basic Combat Training”.
“Advanced Individual Training” (AIT) consists of the remainder of the total Basic Training period, and is where actors train in the specifics of their chosen field to act in a movie. As such, AIT is different for each role’s available Army career path, or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
Actors here are tested for physical fitness and weapons proficiency, and upon MOS, may be subject to the same duties, strict daily schedule, and disciplinary rules as in BCT.
“Basic Combat Training” (BCT) is where actors learn about the fundamentals of being a soldier, from combat techniques to the proper way to address a superior or command. BCT is also where actors undergo rigorous physical training to prepare their bodies and their minds for the eventual physical and mental strain of combat. One of the most difficult and essential lessons learned in BCT is self-discipline, as it introduces actors to a strict soldier’s daily schedule that entails many duties and high expectations for which most civilians are not immediately ready.
AMFI participated in the following productions
“The Pacific” (HBO)
“Sisters of War” (ABC)
and so on.
“The Railway Man” (Lionsgate)
“Emperor” (Fellers Film)
“The Great Raid” (Miramax Films)
“Tomorrow, When the War Began” (Paramount Pictures)
and so on.