Nobuaki Shimamoto (or Shimmy as Australia affectionately likes to call him) was born in Toyko, Japan. He left his family when he was 15 years old, being a homeless person for a few months. He couldn’t find a job due to his underage status but turned his luck around when he met a restaurant owner who offered him employment and board. From that point on, that was how his life began and he learned the true value of pragmatism and unbridled optimism. All these life experiences lead him to move to Sydney, Australia in 2003.
Shortly after Nobuaki moved to Sydney, he traveled to Melbourne. He met some amateur filmmakers, whom he got on well with. They decided to make a short film, utilising him as a main character. Half a year later in 2004, he got a phone call declaring the completion of the script. He returned to Melbourne and shot the short film; that sparked his new career path as an actor in the film industry.
Although Nobuaki was only a casual actor in Sydney, he procured a lot of extras work for “The Wolverine” (2012). Counting his first experience on a major Hollywood blockbuster, he felt very lucky to be on set alongside director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman. His amazement and passion at such a large-scale environment galvanised Nobuaki’s approach towards acting and the film industry. He has moved on to stellar feature films like Jonathan Teplitzky’s “The Railway Man” (2012), “Unbroken” (2013) with Angelina Jolie and Christopher Sellers’ “A Prince” in 2013 as well as TV series “A Place to Call Home” with Ian Barry (2012), “Atomic Kingdom” (2013-2014) with Jimikpop Pictures, shorts such as Martin Grman’s “2 Graves” (2012) and Nathan Colquhoun “Abandoned” (2014) just to name a few.
Meanwhile, Nobuaki had been training in the use of Japanese traditional weapons such as Battou Jutsu for a long time. In 2015 he began Kyokushin Karate, parkour and acrobat in order to complement and improve his acting skills. Indeed, acting has become the thing that he can’t live without, as much as breathing.