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by TheTempestAhead | created - 31 Dec 2014 | updated - 17 hours ago | Public

1. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Sanshiro Sugata (1943) Sugata Sanshirô Ichiban utsukushiku (1944) The Most Beautiful Zoku Sugata Sanshirô (1945) Sanshiro Sugata 2 Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi (1945) The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Waga seishun ni kuinashi One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Subarashiki nichiyôbi Yoidore tenshi (1948) Drunken Angel Shizukanaru kettô (1949) The Quiet Duel Nora inu (1949) Stray Dog Shûbun (1950) Scandal Rashomon (1950) Rashômon Hakuchi (1951) The Idiot Ikiru (1952) To Live Seven Samurai (1954) Shichinin no samurai I Live in Fear: Record of a Living Being (1955) Ikimono no kiroku Throne of Blood (1957) Kumonosu-jô The Lower Depths (1957) Donzoko The Hidden Fortress (1958) Kakushi-toride no san-akunin The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Yojimbo (1961) Yôjinbô Sanjuro (1962) Tsubaki Sanjûrô High and Low (1963) Tengoku to jigoku Red Beard (1965) Akahige Dodes'ka-den (1970) Dodesukaden Dersu Uzala (1975) Kagemusha (1980) Ran (1985) Dreams (1990) Yume Rhapsody in August (1991) Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku Madadayo (1993) Ο δάσκαλος

2. Kenji Mizoguchi

Director | Saikaku ichidai onna

Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known ...

Tôkyô kôshinkyoku (1929) Tokyo March Taki no shiraito (1933) The Water Magician / Cascading White Threads The Downfall (1935) Orizuru Osen Maria no Oyuki (1935) Oyuki, the Madonna Gubijinsô (1935) The Field Poppy Osaka Elegy (1936) Naniwa erejî Gion no shimai (1936) Sisters of the Gion Zangiku monogatari (1939) The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums Genroku Chûshingura (1941) The 47 Ronin Miyamoto Musashi (1944) Meitô bijomaru (1945) The Famous Sword Bijomaru Saikaku ichidai onna (1952) The Life of Oharu

3. Tomu Uchida

Director | Kagirinaki zenshin

Tomu Uchida was born on April 26, 1898 in Okayama, Japan. He was a director and actor, known for Unending Advance (1937), Tsuchi (1939) and A Fugitive from the Past (1965). He died on August 7, 1970 in Japan.

Chiyari Fuji (1955) A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji Daibosatsu tôge (1957-9) Sword in the Moonlight 1 & 2 & 3 Hero of the Red Light District (1960) Yôtô monogatari: hana no Yoshiwara hyakunin-giri A Fugitive from the Past (1965) Kiga kaikyô / Strait of Hunger Miyamoto Musashi (1962-1971) 1-6

4. Hiroshi Inagaki

Director | Wasurerareta kora

Inagaki's career in film began as an actor--a child actor, in fact, appearing in numerous silent films beginning at the very dawn of Japanese cinema. This is probably why he was promoted to director at the unusually (for Japan) young age of 22. Along with producer Mansaku Itami (later the father of...

Miyamoto Musashi (1954-1956) The Rickshaw Man (1958) Muhomatsu no issho Nippon tanjô (1959) The Birth of Japan / The Three Treasures 47 Samurai (1962) Chûshingura Abare Gôemon (1966) Rise Against the Sword Samurai Banners (1969) Fûrin kazan Machibuse (1970) Incident at Blood Pass

5. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Seppuku

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Harakiri (1962), The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Human Condition I, II, III (1959-1961) Harakiri (1962) Seppuku Kwaidan (1964) Kaidan Samurai Rebellion (1967) Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu Inochi bô ni furô (1971) Inn of Evil / At the Risk of My Life

6. Masahiro Shinoda

Director | Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

Masahiro Shinoda was born on March 9, 1931 in Gifu, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Double Suicide (1969), Silence (1971) and Ballad of Orin (1977). He has been married to Shima Iwashita since 1967. They have one child.

With Beauty and Sorrow (1965) Utsukushisa to kanashimi to Samurai Spy (1965) Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke Double Suicide (1969) Shinjû: Ten no Amijima Silence (1971) Chinmoku Himiko (1974) Ballad of Orin (1977) Hanare goze Orin Gonza the Spearman (1986) Yari no gonza Owls' Castle (1999) Fukuro no shiro

7. Kihachi Okamoto

Director | Dai yûkai

Okamoto belonged to what one colleague called "the generation where most of them got killed": the leagues of university graduates who were drafted into and sacrificed to the last years of Japan's war in the South Pacific. Okamoto was drafted during the very worst of it, in 1943, but almost alone ...

Samurai Assassin (1965) Samurai The Sword of Doom (1966) Dai-bosatsu tôge Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (1967) Japan's Longest Day Kill! (1968) Kiru

8. Hideo Gosha

Director | Goyôkin

Hideo Gosha was born on February 26, 1929 in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Goyokin (1969), The Geisha (1983) and Onimasa (1982). He died on August 30, 1992.

Sword of the Beast (1965) Kedamono no ken Goyokin (1969) Goyôkin Hitokiri (1969) Tenchu! Shussho Iwai (1971) The Wolves Onimasa (1982) Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

9. Takashi Miike

Director | Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, ...

Ichi the Killer (2001) Koroshiya 1 13 Assassins (2010) Jûsan-nin no shikaku Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) Ichimei

10. Yôji Yamada

Writer | Tasogare Seibei

Yamada Yoji graduated Tokyo University in 1954, the year he joined Shochiku as an assistant director. In 1969, he launched the popular "Tora-san" series, the world's longest theatrical film series. "The Twilight Samurai" (The Twilight Samurai (2002)) marks his 77th film as well as his 41th year as ...

The Twilight Samurai (2002) Tasogare Seibei The Hidden Blade (2004) Kakushi ken oni no tsume Love and Honour (2006) Bushi no ichibun About Her Brother (2010) Otôto

Sword of Desperation (2010) Hisshiken torisashi

12. Yôjirô Takita

Director | Okuribito

Born in Takaoka, Toyama, Yojiro Takita came to international audiences' attention with the release of Okuribito ('Departures'), which won the Best foreign Language film awards at the Oscars in 2009. He had begun his directorial career in the 1980s with the 'chikan' ('molester') series depicting ...

When the Last Sword is Drawn (2003) Mibu gishi den

After the Rain (1999) Ame agaru A Samurai Chronicle (2014) Higurashi no ki

Rurouni Kenshin (2012, 2014, 2014) Rurôni Kenshin

15. Sadao Yamanaka

Writer | Kuchibue o fuku bushi

He completed 23 films in seven years.

Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) Ninjô kami fûsen

16. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

The Heart (1955) Kokoro The Burmese Harp (1956) Biruma no tategoto Enjô (1958) Conflagration / Flame of Torment / The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Fires on the Plain (1959) Nobi Younger Brother (1960) Otôto Hakai (1962) The Outcast / The Broken Commandments / The Sin An Actor's Revenge (1963) Yukinojô henge The Makioka Sisters (1983) Sasame-yuki Taketori monogatari (1987) Princess from the Moon 47 Ronin (1994) Shijûshichinin no shikaku

17. Eiichi Kudô

Director | Yaju-deka

Eiichi Kudô was born on July 17, 1929 in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and actor, known for Yaju-deka (1982), Case of Umon: Woman of the Magic Lantern (1961) and Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963). He died on September 23, 2000 in Kyoto, Japan.

Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963) 13 Assassins Ninja hicho fukuro no shiro (1963) Castle of Owls The Great Killing (1964) Dai satsujin Eleven Samurai (1967) Jûichinin no samurai

18. Ishirô Honda

Director | Gojira

Influential Japanese film director born May 7th, 1911, often credited as being the father of Godzilla. His name is a combination of "I" (or Ino), meaning "boar" and "shirô," meaning fourth boy in the family. Originally, the young Honda had aspirations of becoming an artist. However, as he moved ...

Gojira (1954-1977) & King Kong & Varan & Mothra Chikyû Bôeigun (1957) The Mysterians Bijo to ekitai ningen (1958) The H-Man Uchû daisensô (1959) Battle in Outer Space Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (1960) The Human Vapor Yôsei Gorasu (1962) Gorath Kaitei gunkan (1963) Atragon Matango (1963) Uchû daikaijû Dogora (1964) Dogora Kaijû daisensô (1965) Invasion of Astro-Monster Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (1966) Frankenstein Conquers the World Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira (1966) The War of the Gargantuas Ido zero daisakusen (1969) Latitude Zero Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû (1970) Space Amoeba

19. Jun Fukuda

Director | Gojira tai Megaro

Jun Fukuda was born on February 17, 1923 in Manshu, Korea. He was a director and assistant director, known for Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Ankokugai no kiba (1962). He died on December 3, 2000 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.

Densô ningen (1960) The Secret of the Telegian Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966) Ebirah, Terror of the Deep / Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko (1967) Son of Godzilla Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (1972) Godzilla vs. Gigan / War of the Monsters Gojira tai Megaro (1973) Godzilla vs. Megalon Gojira tai Mekagojira (1974) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Wakusei daisenso (1977) The War in Space

20. Kenji Misumi

Director | Okami yo rakujitsu o kire

Kenji Misumi was born on March 2, 1921 in Kyoto, Japan. Misumi was the illegitimate child of a geisha mother and originally wanted to be a painter, but his father disapproved. Kenji attended Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. During this time Misumi met future Daiei studio head Kan Kikuchi, ...

Satan's Sword (1960) Daibosatsu tôge / Satan's Sword: Great Buddha Pass Satan's Sword II (1960) Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki / Satan's Sword 2: The Dragon God Shaka (1961) Buddha Kiru (1962) Destiny's Son Ken (1964) The sword Daimajin ikaru (1966) Daimajin 2 The Return Of Giant Majin Oni no sumu yakata (1969) Devil's Temple Shirikurae Magoichi (1969) The Magoichi Saga Kozure Ôkami (4) Goyôkiba (1972) Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice Okami yo rakujitsu o kire (1974) The Last Samurai Shogun Assassin (1980)

The Hovering Blade (2009) Samayou yaiba

22. Nagisa Ôshima

Director | Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in ...

Death by Hanging (1968) Kôshikei In the Realm of the Senses (1976) Ai no korîda Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

23. Kaneto Shindô

Writer | Ichimai no hagaki

Kaneto Shindô was born on April 22, 1912 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Postcard (2010), A Last Note (1995) and The Naked Island (1960). He was married to Nobuko Otowa and Miyo Shindo. He died on May 29, 2012 in Hiroshima.

Onibaba (1964)

24. Shûji Terayama

Writer | Saraba hakobune

Terayama Shuji was born the only son of Terayama Hachiro and Terayama Hatsu in Hirosaki City, Aomori on December 10th, 1935; but his birth and name were officially registered on January 10th, 1936. His father, an officer in the "thought police", leaves for the Pacific War in early 1941. He dies in ...

Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974) Den-en ni shisu

25. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

Pitfall (1962) Otoshiana Woman of the Dunes (1964) Suna no onna The Face of Another (1966) Tanin no kao

Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005) Shinobi

27. Kinji Fukasaku

Director | Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku was born on July 3, 1930 in Mito, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Battle Royale (2000), Fall Guy (1982) and Crest of Betrayal (1994). He was married to Sanae Nakahara. He died on January 12, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan.

Kuro tokage (1968) Black Lizard The Shogun's Samurai (1978) Yagyû ichizoku no inbô Akô-jô danzetsu (1978) The Fall of Ako Castle Makai tenshô (1981) Samurai Reincarnation Legend of Eight Samurai (1983) Satomi hakken-den

28. Toshio Matsumoto

Director | Shura

A 1955 graduate of Tokyo University, Toshio Matsumoto is a pioneer of avant-garde experimental movies, multimedia, and video in his homeland and abroad. His first experimental short was _Song of the Stones (1963)_. His most famous work is 1969's wildly experimental _Funeral Parade of Roses_, ...

Demons / Pandemonium (1971) Shura

The Samurai I Loved (2005) Semishigure

30. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

The Eel (1997) Unagi

31. Hirokazu Koreeda

Director | Manbiki kazoku

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...

Soshite chichi ni naru (2013) Like Father, Like Son

32. Isao Yukisada

Director | Go

Isao Yukisada was born on August 3, 1968 in Kumamoto, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Go (2001), Parade (2009) and Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004).

Go (2001)

33. Kenji Nakanishi

Director | Aoi tori

Kenji Nakanishi is a producer and director, known for The Blue Bird (2008), Samurai Rock (2015) and After the Flowers (2010).

After the Flowers (2010) Hana no ato

34. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

Ukikusa monogatari (1934) A Story of Floating Weeds Banshun (1949) Late Spring Ukikusa (1959) Floating Weeds

35. Kunio Watanabe

Director | Rajô no ureî

Kunio Watanabe was born on June 3, 1899 in Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Rajô no ureî (1950), Ikoku no oka (1949) and Onna Sanshiro (1950). He died on November 5, 1981.

The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958) Chûshingura Nichiren to moko daishurai (1958) Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion

36. Shigemichi Sugita

Director | Saigo no Chûshingura

Shigemichi Sugita is a director and producer, known for Saigo no Chûshingura (2010), Last Song (1993) and A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016).

Saigo no Chûshingura (2010) The Last Chushingura

37. Toshiya Fujita

Director | Kaerazaru hibi

Toshiya Fujita was born on January 16, 1932 in Pyongyang, Korea. Following graduation from Tokyo University Fujita joined the Nikkatsu studio in 1955. Toshiya initially worked at Nikkatsu as a publicist, screenwriter, and assistant director prior to directing his first film in 1967. His debut ...

Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld (1973) Shurayukihime Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974) Shurayuki-hime: Urami koiuta

38. Noriaki Yuasa

Director | Tobo to okite

The son of a stage actor, Noriaki Yuasa himself became a child actor for some years before attending university. Upon graduation, realizing that he disliked the actor's life, he sought work on the other side of the camera, joining Daiei Studios in 1955. There he studied under such accomplished ...

Gamera The Giant Monster (1965) Daikaijû Gamera Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967) Giant Monster Mid-Air Battle: Gamera vs. Gyaos Hebi musume to hakuhatsuma (1968) The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

Hakuôki (1959) Samurai Vendetta Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen (1961) Satan's Sword 3: The Final Chapter Shin shinobi no mono (1963) Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection / Goemon Will Never Die Shinobi no mono: Iga-yashiki (1965) The Ninja: Iga Mansion / Shinobi No Mono 6 Shinobi no mono: Shin kirigakure Saizô (1966) Shinobi No Mono 7 Daimajin gyakushû (1966) Daimajin 3 Majin Strikes Again / Wrath of Daimajin

40. Tadashi Sawashima

Director | Osome Hisamatsu: Soyokaze higasa

Tadashi Sawashima was born on May 19, 1926 in Kotou, Shiga, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Gentle Breeze (1959), Isshin Tasuke: The Man of Men (1959) and Magistrate Toyama 4: Edo Official and Apprentice (1959). He died on January 27, 2018.

Hibari no mori no ishimatsu (1960) Ishimatsu: The One-Eyed Avenger / Skylark forest Shinsengumi (1969) Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor

Daikyojû Gappa (1967) Monster from a Prehistoric Planet / Gappa, the Triphibian Monster

42. Tadashi Imai

Director | Kome

Adauchi (1964) Revenge

43. Kazui Nihonmatsu

Director | Uchû daikaijû Girara

Kazui Nihonmatsu is an assistant director and director, known for The X from Outer Space (1967), Genocide (1968) and Sincerity (1953).

Uchû daikaijû Girara (1967) The X from Outer Space

44. Satsuo Yamamoto

Director | Shiroi Kyotô

Began in films as an assistant director in 1933. As a director in post-war Japan, he was noted for his strongly anti-authoritarian films (influenced by his own wartime experiences while fighting in Manchuria). He also ran his own production company.

Shinobi no mono (1962) Ninja, a Band of Assassins Zoku shinobi no mono (1963) Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance

45. Kazuki Ohmori

Director | Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ

Kazuki Ohmori was born on March 3, 1952. He is a director and writer, known for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Kinkyu yobidashi - Emâjenshî kôru (1995) and The Boy Who Saw the Wind (2000).

Gojira vs. Biorante (1989) Godzilla vs. Biollante Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (1991) Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

46. Masato Harada

Actor | The Last Samurai

Born in 1949, He has worked as a film critic for several Japanese magazines and newspapers and was considered one of Japan's most severe social critics before becoming a film director.

Ganheddo (1989) Gunhed Nihon no ichiban nagai hi ketteiban (2015) The Emperor in August

47. Tokuzô Tanaka

Assistant_director | Rashômon

Tokuzô Tanaka was born on September 15, 1925 in Osaka, Japan. He was a director and assistant director, known for Rashomon (1950), Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963) and The Betrayal (1966). He died on December 20, 2007 in Kashihara, Nara, Japan.

Ooe-yama Shuten-dôji (1960) The Demon of Mount Oe Shinobi no mono: Kirigakure Saizo (1964) Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege Daisatsujin orochi (1966) The Betrayal

Kutsukake Tokijirô (1961) The Gambler's Code Shinobi no mono: Zoku Kirigakure Saizô (1964) Shinobi No Mono 5 Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966) The Ninja: A New Beginning / Shinobi No Mono 8

49. Tai Katô

Assistant_director | Rashômon

Bakumatsu zankoku monogatari (1964) Brutal Story at End of the Tokugawa Shogunate Miyamoto Musashi (1973) Sword of Fury

Gojira vs. Mosura (1992) Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Gojira vs. Mekagojira (1993) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Yamato Takeru (1994) Orochi: The Eight Headed Dragon Gojira vs. Desutoroiâ (1995) Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Gojira ni-sen mireniamu (1999) Godzilla 2000

Jushichinin no Ninja (1963) Seventeen Ninja

52. Kenshô Yamashita

Director | Gojira vs. Supesugojira

Kenshô Yamashita was born on July 8, 1944 in Kagoshima, Japan. He was an assistant director and director, known for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), 19 (1987) and Trouble man: warauto korosuzo (1979). He died on August 16, 2016 in Japan.

Gojira vs. Supesugojira (1994) Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

53. Kazuaki Kiriya

Director | Casshern

Kazuaki Kiriya was born on April 20, 1968 in Asagiri, Japan as Kazuhiro Iwashita. He is known for his work on Casshern (2004), Last Knights (2015) and Goemon (2009). He was previously married to Hikaru Utada.

Casshern (2004) Goemon (2009) Last Knights (2015)

54. Daisuke Itô

Writer | Hangyakuji

Daisuke Itô was born on October 13, 1898 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for The Conspirator (1961), Zoku ôoka seidan mazohe daiichi (1930) and Chuji Tabinikki Daisanbu Goyohen (1927). He died on July 19, 1981 in Japan.

Nitôryû kaigen (1943) Miyamoto Musashi: Duel at Kongo-in Temple

55. Shûsuke Kaneko

Director | Death Note

Shûsuke Kaneko was born on June 8, 1955 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Death Note (2006), Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) and 1999 - Nen no natsu yasumi (1988).

Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen (1995) Gamera: Guardian of the Universe Gamera 2: Region shurai (1996) Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion Gamera 3: Jashin kakusei (1999) Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

Mosura 2: Kaitei no daikessen (1997) Rebirth of Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle

Miyamoto Musashi (2014– ) 2 episodes

58. Okihiro Yoneda

Assistant_director | Ran

Mosura (1996) Rebirth of Mothra Mosura 3: Kingu Gidora raishu (1998) Rebirth of Mothra III: King Ghidora Attacks

59. Ryuta Tasaki

Director | Gekijouban Kamen raidâ Agito: Project G4

Ryuta Tasaki was born on April 19, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a director and assistant director, known for Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4 (2001), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999) and Chouriki Sentai Ohranger (1995).

Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera (2006) Gamera the Brave

60. Yasuzô Masumura

Director | Daichi no komoriuta

Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yasuzô Masumura would become known as a maverick director whose main legacy was films portraying and promoting individualism, which was the opposite of the norm in Japanese society. He earned a law degree towards the end of World War II from Tokyo University, yet joined ...

Koshoku ichidai otoko (1961) A Lustful Man Heitai yakuza (1965) The Hoodlum Soldier Irezumi (1966) Tatouage Shin heitai yakuza: Kasen (1972) Hoodlum Soldier: Rebel in the Army / Gangster / New Yakuza Troops / Return of the Soldier Goyôkiba: Kamisori Hanzô jigoku zeme (1973) Hanzo the Razor: The Snare

61. Buntarô Futagara

Director | Orochi

Buntarô Futagara was born in 1899 in Japan. He was a director and actor, known for Orochi (1925), Miyokîchi goroshî (1927) and Shurâ hakô daisanpen (1926). He died in 1966.

Orochi (1925) Serpent

62. Masaaki Tezuka

Director | Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S.

Masaaki Tezuka was born on January 24, 1955 in Tochigi, Japan. He is an assistant director and director, known for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), Rescue Wings (2008) and Samurai Commando Mission 1549 (2005).

Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jî shômetsu sakusen (2000) Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Gojira X Mekagojira (2002) Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S. (2003) Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

63. Ryûhei Kitamura

Director | The Midnight Meat Train

Ryûhei Kitamura was born on May 30, 1969 in Osaka, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for The Midnight Meat Train (2008), Versus (2000) and Azumi (2003).

Aragami (2003)

Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (1966) The Great Monster Duel: Gamera vs. Barugon

65. Seijun Suzuki

Director | Tsigoineruwaizen

Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several ...

Kagerô-za (1981) Heat-Haze Theatre

66. Tomo'o Haraguchi

Director | Sakuya: yôkaiden

Tomo'o Haraguchi is known for his work on Sakuya: Slayer of Demons (2000), Mikadoroido (1991) and Death Kappa (2010).

Sakuya: yôkaiden (2000) Sakuya: Slayer of Demons

67. Jun Awazu

Director | Puranzetto

Jun Awazu is a director and writer, known for Planzet (2010) and Negadon: The Monster from Mars (2005).

Wakusei daikaijû Negadon (2005) Negadon: The Monster from Mars

68. Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writer | Dai-Nihonjin

Hitoshi Matsumoto and his childhood friend Masatoshi Hamada teamed up as comedy duo Downtown. When they had their own TV shows in late 80s, they became phenomenal pop culture among young Japanese people. Unlike other comedy duos in Japan, they are still together, and they dominate prime time TV ...

Dai-Nihonjin (2007) Big Man Japan

69. Minoru Kawasaki

Director | Chikyû bôei Girls P9

Minoru Kawasaki is a director and writer, known for Chikyû bôei Girls P9 (2011), Outer Man (2015) and The World Sinks Except Japan (2006).

Girara no gyakushû: Tôya-ko Samitto kikiippatsu (2008) The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit

70. Shûe Matsubayashi

Director | Sekai daisensô

After starting at Toho in 1942, Matsubayashi's career, like that of so many others, was stalled by the Second World War. After serving in the Imperial Navy, to which he was fiercely loyal, Matsubayashi returned to the industry via the Shintoho studio in 1946. Shintoho gave him his first directorial...

Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960) Hawaii-Midway Battle of the Sea and Sky: Storm Over the Pacific / I Bombed Pearl Harbor

Sayônara, Jûpetâ (1984) Bye Bye Jupiter Gojira (1984) Godzilla 1985

72. Fumihiko Sori

Director | Pinpon

Fumihiko Sori is known for his work on Pinpon (2002), Fullmetal Alchemist (2017) and Titanic (1997).

Ichi (2008)

Tômei ningen to hae otoko (1957) The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly

74. Teruo Ishii

Director | Gensen-Kan Shujin

Teruo Ishii was born on January 1, 1924 in Tokyo, Japan as Teruo Kitagawa. He was a director and writer, known for Gensen-Kan Inn (1994), Yasagure anego den: Sôkatsu rinchi (1973) and An Outlaw (1964). He died on August 12, 2005 in Tokyo.

Yakuza keibatsu-shi: Rinchi - Shikei! (1969) Yakuza Law / Yakuza Torture History - Lynching

75. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Came from a poor background and worked his way up from prop man at the Shochiko company in 1920, to full director ten years later. Had his best period in the 1950', becoming known for his depiction of contemporary social problems, particularly the role of women in Japanese society.

Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya monogatari (1945) A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo Bara kassen (1950) Battle of Roses Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960) When a Woman Ascends the Stairs Midareru (1964) Yearning

76. Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer | Nijûshi no hitomi

Keisuke Kinoshita was born on December 5, 1912 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), The Ballad of Narayama (1958) and The Garden of Women (1954). He died on December 30, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.

Nijûshi no hitomi (1954) Twenty-Four Eyes

Goyôkiba: Oni no Hanzô yawahada koban (1974) Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?

Uchû Kaisokusen (1961) Invasion of the Neptune Men

79. Shirô Moritani

Assistant_director | Yôjinbô

Shirô Moritani was born on September 28, 1931 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Yojimbo (1961), Hakkodasan (1977) and Kaikyô (1982). He died on December 2, 1984.

Nippon chinbotsu (1973) Tidal Wave / Submersion of Japan

80. Junji Kurata

Director | Maboroshi kurozukin - yami ni tobu kage

Junji Kurata was born in 1930 in Yokohama, Japan. He was a director and actor, known for Maboroshi kurozukin - yami ni tobu kage (1967), Zatôichi monogatari (1974) and Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977). He died on January 21, 2002 in Kyoto, Japan.

Kyôryû kaichô no densetsu (1977) Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds

Kurotokage (1962) Black Lizard

82. Teinosuke Kinugasa

Director | Jigokumon

Former female impersonator who entered films in 1917 as an actor, turned to directing in 1922 and made some of the most formally brilliant Japanese films of the following decades. The few of Kinugasa's early works to have reached the West betray a highly mature, sophisticated talent. His best-known...

Jigokumon (1953) Gate of Hell

83. Nobuo Nakagawa

Director | Jigoku

Apprenticed at Makino Film Studios in 1934 under Masahiro Makino.

Kaii Utsunomiya tsuritenjô (1956) The Ceiling at Utsunomiya / Ghost of Hanging in Utusunomiya Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi (1957) The Depths / The Ghosts of Kasane Swamp Dokufu Takahashi Oden (1958) Poisonous Woman Takahashi O-Den / Wicked Woman Odon Takahashi Bôrei kaibyô yashiki (1958) Black Cat Mansion / The Mansion of the Ghost Cat Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan (1959) The Ghost of Yotsuya / The Tokaido Yotsuya Ghost Story Onna shikeishû no datsugoku (1960) Death Row Woman Jigoku (1960) Hell Kaidan hebi-onna (1968) Snake Woman's Curse / Ghost Story of the Snake Woman Yôen dokufu-den: Hitokiri Okatsu (1969) Quick-draw Okatsu Yôen dokufu-den: Okatsu kyôjô tabi (1969) Okatsu the Fugitive

84. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

Brother (2000)

Yôen dokufu-den: Han'nya no Ohyaku (1968) Legends of the Poisonous Seductress Volume 1 - Female Demon Ohyaku



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