Empathy Machines

Empathy Machines (EM) is an international production company uniquely positioned to finance, produce, and distribute compelling content across major global territories, with a focus on US, Japan, and China. 


Hans Canosa

Hans’s critically acclaimed directorial debut CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN (2006) won multiple awards, including a Special Jury Prize and Best Actress at the Tokyo International Film Festival.  

Hans produced and directed his second feature, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC (2010) with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and the Toei Company. The film featured Japanese A-list stars Kenichi Matsuyama, Maki Horikita and Yuya Tegoshi. Toei distributed MEMOIRS to wide release in Japan and sold the film throughout Asia.

Hans's other producing credits include the Japanese TV drama "The Sniffer". 

Hans is currently producing an action film starring Jackie Chan which will shoot in China in 2018.

Ash Nukui

In the entertainment business, Ash Nukui has worked in movies, video games, theme parks, and events. 

After studying film & TV at UCLA, Ash co-produced his first feature, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC (2010), based on the novel by Gabrielle Zevin. The film featured Japanese A-listers Maki Horikita, Kenichi Matsuyama and Yuya Tegoshi and included Anton Yelchin and Emma Roberts as supporting cast. Toei distributed MEMOIRS to wide release in Japan and the film also played in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia. The film was invited to the 2010 São Paulo International Film Festival. 

Ash's producing credits include the films POSITIVE+, RE:, MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC and the TV drama "The Sniffer.”