Dr. Bala (Long version)

Dr. Bala, who has been doing volunteer work seven days a year for twelve years, brings expertise to the underdeveloped medical field in Southeast Asia. (Short version)

  • Koby Shimada
    Glorious Sound
  • Koby Shimada
    Glorious Sound
  • Takuya Kimbara
  • Tadashi Umazume
  • Nobuko Saito Cleary
    Paper Lanterns, Challenged
  • Kazuhiro Omura
    Key Cast
  • Chad Cannon
    American Factory, Spirited Away, The Grinch
  • Karen Tanaka
    Sister, Planet Earth II
  • Koby Shimada
    Glorious Sound
  • Kentauros Yasunaga
  • Yoshikatsu Yasaki
    Glorious Sound, Choosing Sign, Holly Fail
  • Kazuma Yamaguchi
    Motion Graphic Designer
  • Kentauros Yasunaga
  • Rikiya Nakamura
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dr. Bala
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Cambodia, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Koby Shimada

Born, raised, and worked as a sales person for DELL computer in Japan.

Moved to Los Angeles from Tokyo to be an actor in 1999. He is in “Last Samurai”, “Spiderman 2”, “Inception” and so on. After he made an independent movie with his friends, he started focusing on the production side. Since then, he has experienced camera department, sound department, and grip & electric department in several films. He founded a video production company, KOBY PICTURES, in 2003 and has made movies, TV commercials, promotional videos, and documentaries as a director/editor.

“BE HONEST” was a semi-finalist at Indies Movie Festival in 2002.

“CHIN UP” was a semi-finalist at Hollywood Spiritual Film and Entertainment Festival in 2004.

His short film “Glorious Sound” is based on true story. The story is about Sir Robert Edwards who successfully pioneered conception through IVF, which led to birth of Louse Brown on 25 July 1978. And 32 years later he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for the development of in vitro fertilization”. The film received favorable reviews even from many friends of Sir Robert Edwards.

He has made various medical and hospital promotional videos.

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Director Statement

Koby met Dr. Omura through rugby in 2006. Koby heard his volunteer story in Southeast Asia in 2008. Since then, he has followed and filmed his activity for about 12 years. So he has a lot of footage for his activity all over asian countries.
Then he has decided to make a feature documentary film about his story from 2007 to 2019 as a first episode.