Nakano is from Kyoto, Japan. He majored in Cinema at the university and made many short films including Sparkling Amber (2009). He was invited to the Berlin Film Festival and won the SKIP CIY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL for his feature debut Capturing Dad (2013). His film Her Love Boils Bath Water won the Best Actress and the Best Supporting Actress at the Japan Academy Film Prize. A Long Goodbye (2019), a film adaptation of Kyoko Nakajima′s novel that won Naoki Prize, became a long-running hit.