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1. Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa Writer, Yojimbo 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. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
2. Toshirô Mifune Toshirô Mifune Actor, Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in his father's studio for a time after graduating from Dalian Middle School...
3. Yasujirô Ozu Yasujirô Ozu Director, Tokyo Story 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 film the next year...
4. Satoshi Kon Satoshi Kon Writer, Tokyo Godfathers Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
5. Sessue Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to problems with his hearing...
6. Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura Actor, Seven Samurai Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded a theatre company...
7. Masaki Kobayashi Masaki Kobayashi Director, Harakiri
8. Ken Takakura Ken Takakura Actor, Black Rain Ken Takakura was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic, honorable presence he brought to his roles. Known as the "Clint Eastwood" of Japan, Takakura gained his streetwise swagger and tough guy persona watching yakuza turf battles over the lucrative black market and racketeering in postwar Fukuoka...
9. Louis Calhern Louis Calhern Actor, Notorious Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school there that he was spotted by a representative of a touring acting troupe and hired as an actor...
10. Shôhei Imamura Shôhei Imamura Director, The Eel 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...
11. Kinji Fukasaku Kinji Fukasaku Director, Battle Royale
12. Tetsurô Tanba Tetsurô Tanba Actor, You Only Live Twice
13. Ishirô Honda 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 into his teens, it was cinema that became his number-one interest...
14. Machiko Soga Machiko Soga Actress, Electronic Squadron Denziman
15. Hiroshi Teshigahara Hiroshi Teshigahara Director, Woman in the Dunes 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 leading role in avant-garde activities in many fields of art...
16. Eiko Ishioka Eiko Ishioka Costume Designer, Dracula
17. Donald Dunn Donald Dunn Soundtrack, Argo
18. Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki Actor, Seven Samurai Japanese character actor equally adept at comic or seriously unsavory roles. Chiaki graduated from the University of Chuo with degrees in economics and commerce, but almost immediately found that his interest lay more with the theatre. In 1937, he began to study with the Shin-Tsukiji Gekidan ("The New Tsukiji Theatre Troupe")...
19. Yûsaku Matsuda Yûsaku Matsuda Actor, Black Rain Yusaku was born in Yamaguchi, Japan. In 1966 he visited his aunt in the USA, where he lived for 1 year. Coming back to Japan, he started acting at a theatrical company. Since making his debut as a film actor in 1973, he appeared on various TV series and movies until his death.
20. Jûzô Itami Jûzô Itami Director, Tampopo 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...
21. Kon Ichikawa Kon Ichikawa Director, The Makioka Sisters 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 widescreen...
22. Shûsaku Endô Shûsaku Endô Writer, Chinmoku
23. Osamu Tezuka Osamu Tezuka Writer, Astroboy Tezuka wrote/animated the Japanese TV Series "Jangaru Taitei" that was turned into a USA syndicated series in the 60s called "Kimba The White Lion". This story was then plagiarized by The Disney Company in 1994 and became "The Lion King", the most profitable film of all time, and Tezuka has never received due credit from Disney for his creation, much less any money.
24. Eiko Matsuda Eiko Matsuda Actress, In the Realm of the Senses
25. Keisuke Kinoshita Keisuke Kinoshita Writer, Twenty-Four Eyes
26. Akihiko Hirata Akihiko Hirata Actor, Gojira He had an unusual background for an actor: his formal education began in a kindergarten founded by the wartime-era Japanese Imperial Army, and continued in a military academy which was Tokyo's answer to West Point. Upon graduating from Tokyo University (Japan's most prestigious), Hirata confounded many family expectations of him by pursuing a career in acting...
27. Sô Yamamura Sô Yamamura Actor, Tora! Tora! Tora!
28. Emi Itô Emi Itô Actress, Mothra vs. Godzilla
29. Keiko Tsushima Keiko Tsushima Actress, Seven Samurai
30. Yoshio Harada Yoshio Harada Actor, Tsigoineruwaizen
31. Shûji Terayama Shûji Terayama Director, Farewell to the Ark 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 September of 1945 of dysentery on the Indonesian island of Celebes...
32. Kôji Wakamatsu Kôji Wakamatsu Director, Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi
33. Tatsuya Mihashi Tatsuya Mihashi Actor, Tora! Tora! Tora!
34. Hiroshi Inagaki Hiroshi Inagaki Director, Miyamoto Musashi 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 another acclaimed director...
35. Yukio Mishima Yukio Mishima Writer, The School of Flesh Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925. He attended the University of Tokyo. His first work of fiction, a short story, was published when he was a first-year student. For the rest of his life he wrote - to enormous popular and critical acclaim - plays, poetry, essays, and novels. His first full-length novel...
36. Kyôko Kishida Kyôko Kishida Actress, Woman in the Dunes
37. Isao Kimura Isao Kimura Actor, Seven Samurai Isao Kimura had featured roles in several of Akira Kurosawa's masterworks. The handsome young actor portrayed a wide range of characters under the master's guidance. He first played the war-damaged hoodlum Yusa in Stray Dog with antagonism and palpable pain; then, at the opposite end of the spectrum but with equal veracity...
38. Isuzu Yamada Isuzu Yamada Actress, Yojimbo
39. Momoko Kôchi Momoko Kôchi Actress, Gojira Discovered, along with actors Akira Takarada and Yu Fujiki, in Toho's sixth annual New Face Contest in 1953, Momoko Kochi was immediately cast in her first film, A WOMAN'S HEART RELEASED. Two pictures with Toho's veteran director Kajiro Yamamoto followed the next year. It was probably in his mentor...
40. Michiyo Aratama Michiyo Aratama Actress, Kwaidan
41. Yoshifumi Kondô Yoshifumi Kondô Animation Department, Grave of the Fireflies
42. Bunta Sugawara Bunta Sugawara Actor, Spirited Away
43. Masako Natsume Masako Natsume Actress, Onimasa
44. Toshiya Fujita Toshiya Fujita Director, Lady Snowblood 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 feature won Fujita the 1967 New Directors Award from the Directors Guild of Japan...
45. Teruo Ishii Teruo Ishii Director, Horrors of Malformed Men
46. Shirley Yamaguchi Shirley Yamaguchi Actress, Scandal Shirley Yamaguchi was born to Japanese parents in Manchuria in 1920. She used the Chinese name Li Xianglan (Ri Koran in Japanese) and made pro-Japanese films in Japanese-occupied areas in China. She also was a popular singer and some of her hits, including "fragrance of the night" (Ye Lai Xiang), remain popular even today...
47. Hideko Takamine Hideko Takamine Actress, Ukigumo
48. Kamatari Fujiwara Kamatari Fujiwara Actor, Seven Samurai
49. Takahiro Tamura Takahiro Tamura Actor, Tora! Tora! Tora!
50. Noribumi Suzuki Noribumi Suzuki Director, Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô
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