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Jûzô Itami (1933–1997)

A tragic end belies a life led with purpose. The son of a successful filmmaker, Juzo Itami made his name acting in television and films before making a late career shift into screenwriting and directing at age 50. Known to choose the subjects of his films through everyday observations, he often followed up significant events in his life with films... See full bio »


(age 64) in Tokyo, Japan

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Tampopo Director
A Taxing Woman
A Taxing Woman Director
The Family Game
The Family Game Mr. Numata, the father
The Funeral
The Funeral Director


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 1989 Sweet Home
 1985 The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl
Professor Hirayama
 1984 MacArthur's Children
 1984 Make-up
 1984 Nihon no omokage (TV Mini-Series)
SAKUMA, Nobuyasu
 1983 Izakaya Chôji
 1983 Meiso chizu
 1983 The Family Game
Mr. Numata, the father
 1983 The Makioka Sisters
Tatsuo Makioka, Tsuruko's husband
 1982 Tôge no gunzô (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1982)
 1981 Kita no kuni kara (TV Series)
 1981 Island of the Evil Spirits
Ryuhei Ochi
 1981 Shikake-nin Baian
Sahei Oumiya
 1981 Play it, Boogie-Woogie
 1980 Yûgure made
 1979 No More Easy Life
Takamizawa - Landlord
 1979 Private Collections (segment "Kusa-Meikyu")
 1979 Grass Labyrinth (Short)
Principal / Priest / Old man
 1975 I Am a Cat
 1974 My Way
Dr. Takagi
 1974 Imôto
Kazuo Wada
 1973 Hissatsu shiokinin (TV Series)
 1970 A Young Man's Stronghold
 1969 Heat Wave Island
 1969 Safari 5000
 1968 Ah, yokaren
 1968 Tokyo 196X
 1967 Cometo-san (TV Series)
Dad (Ep. 49-79)
 1967 Sing a Song of Sex
Ôtake (as Ichizô Itami)
 1965 Lord Jim
Waris (as Ichizo Itami)
 1964 The Flame of Devotion
Takuji Yoshii (as Ichizô Itami)
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Col. Shiba (as Ichizo Itami)
 1961 Onna no tsurihashi
Saburô Ôki (Episode 2) (as Ichizô Itami)
 1961 Ten Dark Women
Hanamaki (as ichizo itami)
 1961 The Big Wave
Toru (as Ichizo Atami)
 1960 Younger Brother
Son of Factory Owner (uncredited)
 1960 A False Student
Soratani (Ichizo Itami) (as Ichizo Itami)
 1960 Ginza no dora-neko (as Ichizo Itami)
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Alternate Names:

Ichizo Atami | Ichizo Itami | Ichizô Itami | ichizo itami

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Had a famous brother-in-law, Nobel Laureate Kenzaburô Oe, who was married to Itami's sister Yukari. Mr Oe mentions his brother-in-law affectionately in his essay collection titled A Healing Family (Kaifuku suru kazoku; 1995). In one section, there is even a discussion between the two on what Itami called the "grammar" of American films. See more »

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