Favorite directors

by Onderhond | created - 28 Nov 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Ranked list of favorite directors

1. Mamoru Oshii

Director | Kôkaku Kidôtai

Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in ...

2. 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, ...

3. Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Actor | Tetsuo

Shin'ya Tsukamoto was born on January 1, 1960 in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Koroshiya 1 (2001) and Tokyo Fist (1995).

4. Kôji Morimoto

Director | The Animatrix

Kôji Morimoto was born on December 26, 1959 in Wakayama, Japan. He is known for his work on The Animatrix (2003), Akira (1988) and Memories (1995). He is married to Fukushima, Atsuko.

5. 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 ...

6. SABU

Director | Monday

Japanese director/writer/actor whose often kinetic, cyberpunk style is much imitated. He expressed appreciation over the similarity of the international hit German film "Run Lola Run" (1998) to his first film as a director/writer, "Dangan Runner" (1996). When asked at the Chicago International Film...

7. Gakuryû Ishii

Director | Yume no ginga

Gakuryû Ishii was born on January 15, 1957 in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Labyrinth of Dreams (1997), Angel Dust (1994) and Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001).

8. Sion Sono

Director | Ai no mukidashi

Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early...

9. Gaspar Noé

Director | Climax

Gaspar Noé was born on December 27, 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a director and producer, known for Climax (2018), Irreversible (2002) and Enter the Void (2009).

10. Tetsuya Nakashima

Director | Kokuhaku

Tetsuya Nakashima was born on September 2, 1959 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Confessions (2010), Memories of Matsuko (2006) and Kamikaze Girls (2004).

11. Hiroshi Ishikawa

Director | Petaru dansu

Writer, cinematographer and director Hiroshi Ishikawa was born on May 18th, 1963 in Akita Prefecture in Japan. He was a television commercial director before taking on full-length films. Known for his minimalistic female-focused films. Ishikawa won the Silver Iris for best director at the New ...

12. 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 ...

13. Mika Ninagawa

Director | Followers

Mika Ninagawa was born on October 18, 1972 in Chofu, Japan. She is a director and writer, known for Followers (2020), No Longer Human (2019) and Sakuran (2006).

14. Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer | Akira

Katsuhiro Ôtomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation.

In 1979, after writing multiple short-stories for the magazine Action, Otomo created his first science-fiction work, titled Fireball. ...

15. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

16. Katsuhito Ishii

Director | Cha no aji

Katsuhito Ishii was born in 1966 in Niigata, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Cha no aji (2004), Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).

17. Johnnie To

Director | San taam

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...

19. Takeshi Koike

Director | Redline

Takeshi Koike is known for his work on Redline (2009), Ninja Scroll (1993) and The Animatrix (2003).

20. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

21. Toshiaki Toyoda

Director | Aoi haru

He was arrested for illegal narcotics' possession.

22. Makoto Shinkai

Writer | Kimi no na wa.

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai ...

23. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

24. Christoffer Boe

Writer | Reconstruction

Christoffer Boe was born on May 7, 1974 in Rungsted Kyst, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for Reconstruction (2003), Beast (2011) and Everything Will Be Fine (2010).

25. Ho-Cheung Pang

Writer | Chi Ming yi Chun Kiu

In 1994, Pang Ho-cheung started his career in the media industry by working as a variety show scriptwriter for Asia Television. By this time, Pang was active in several media. He was working as a scriptwriter, a host for radio and television shows, a columnist, a magazine editor and a copywriter. ...

26. Darren Aronofsky

Director | Pi

Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won ...

27. Kim Ki-duk

Writer | Bin-jip

He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile (1996). Then he went on to ...

28. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

29. Fabrice du Welz

Director | Alléluia

Fabrice du Welz was born on October 21, 1972 in Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Alleluia (2014), Adoration (2019) and Vinyan (2008).

30. Masaaki Yuasa

Director | Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta

He cites various animated works as an influence: the works of animators Tex Avery and Irene Starewicz, the Japanese animated features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1971) and Hakkenden shin sho (1990), the adventure series Lupin the 3rd (1971), the psychedelic sci-fantasy films Yellow Submarine (...

31. Akiyuki Shinbo

Director | Gekijouban Mahou shojo Madoka magika Shinpen: Hangyaku no monogatari

Directed a few direct-to-video adult only titles under the name Juuhachi Minamizawa, Minmaizawa meaning 18 in Japanese.

32. Mong-Hong Chung

Cinematographer | Ting che

33. Michael Arias

Director | Tekkon kinkurîto

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Arias enjoys a colorful and varied career, spanning the worlds of live-action storytelling, visual effects, computer graphics, and anime, the unique realm of Japanese traditional animation.

He got his start at Dream Quest Images, working as a camera assistant on the ...

34. Satoshi Kon

Director | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

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 (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

35. Wes Anderson

Director | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

36. Ryuichi Hiroki

Director | Vibrator

Ryuichi Hiroki was born in 1955 in Kohriyama, Fukushima, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Vibrator (2003), It's Only Talk (2005) and Tokyo Trash Baby (2000).

37. Danny Boyle

Director | 127 Hours

Danny Boyle was born on October 20, 1956 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England as Daniel Francis Boyle. He is a director and producer, known for 127 Hours (2010), 28 Days Later... (2002) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

38. Satoshi Miki

Writer | Ore ore

Married to actress Eri Fuse who has appeared in several of his films.

39. Oxide Chun Pang

Director | Gin gwai

Oxide Chun Pang was born in 1965 in Hong Kong. He is a director and writer, known for The Eye (2002), Bangkok Dangerous (2000) and The Messengers (2007). He has been married to Angelica Lee since February 6, 2010. They have two children.

40. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). He has been married to Ting Chen since December 2011. They have three children. He was previously married ...

41. Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Producer | Cike Nie Yin Niang

Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed ...

42. 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), Azumi (2003) and Versus (2000).

43. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri

Director | Kichiku dai enkai

Kazuyoshi Kumakiri was born on September 1, 1974 in Obihiro, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Kichiku dai enkai (1997), Hole in the Sky (2001) and Sketches of Kaitan City (2010).

44. Hu Guan

Director | Ba bai

Hu Guan was born on August 1, 1968 in Beijing, China. He is a director and producer, known for The Eight Hundred (2020), Mr. Six (2015) and Cow (2009). He has been married to Jing Liang since January 28, 2005. They have two children.

45. Wen Jiang

Actor | Rogue One

Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and The Sun Also Rises (2007). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

46. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Director | Ruang talok 69

Pen-Ek studied from 1977 to 1985 in New York at the Pratt Institute and worked as freelance illustrator and designer with Designframe Incorporate. In Thailand he worked for five years as art director, before making his début with Fun Bar Karaoke, that was screened at many festivals after its ...

47. Tom Lin

Director | Jiu jiang feng

Tom Lin was born on February 8, 1976 in Hsinchu, Taiwan as Shu-Yu Lin. He is a director and assistant director, known for Winds of September (2008), Starry Starry Night (2011) and Zinnia Flower (2015). He has been married to Kimi Hsia since May 31, 2019. He was previously married to Jo-Hsuan Huang.

48. Shunji Iwai

Writer | Vampire

Having received his education at Yokohama National University, Shunji Iwai started out in the entertainment industry by directing music videos and television dramas, including the likes of Maria, Lunatic Love and Fireworks, for which he received the award for Best Newcomer from the Japanese ...

49. Daihachi Yoshida

Director | Kirishima, bukatsu yamerutteyo

Daihachi Yoshida was born in 1963 in Japan. He is a director and writer, known for The Kirishima Thing (2012), Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007) and Pale Moon (2014).

50. Naoko Ogigami

Writer | Karera ga honki de amu toki wa

After graduation from Chiba University's Image Science program, Naoko Ogigami went to the United States in 1994 to study film at the University of Southern California. During this period, she worked as an assistant for TV commercials, promotional videos, and films, and also created short films of ...

51. 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 ...

52. Jianqi Huo

Director | Nuan

Jianqi Huo was born on January 20, 1958 in Beijing, China. He is a director and writer, known for Nuan (2003), Postmen in the Mountains (1999) and qiu zhi bai hua (2011).

53. Yoshihiro Nishimura

Make_up_department | Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu

Yoshihiro Nishimura was born on April 1, 1967 in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. He is known for his work on Tokyo Gore Police (2008), Meatball Machine: Kodoku (2017) and The ABCs of Death (2012).

54. Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Animation_department | Jûbê ninpûchô

Graduated from Yokohama High School in 1968. After a few years working as animator at Mushi Production Animation, the company went bankrupt in 1972 and he joined Madhouse Studio. In the 70s he was promoted to animation director and finally debuted as film director in 1984's "SF New Century Lensman"...

55. Quentin Dupieux

Director | Rubber

Quentin Dupieux was born on April 14, 1974 in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is a director and writer, known for Rubber (2010), Deerskin (2019) and Reality (2014).

56. Soi Cheang

Director | Gau ngao gau

Soi Cheang is an actor and director, known for Dog Bite Dog (2006), New Blood (2002) and Motorway (2012).

57. Yibai Zhang

Director | Yoru no Shanghai

Yibai Zhang was born in 1963 in Chongqing, Sichuan, China. He is a director and producer, known for The Longest Night in Shanghai (2007), My People, My Country (2019) and Fleet of Time (2014).

58. Zhuangzhuang Tian

Director | Lan feng zheng

Tian is a former cameraman and graduate of the Beijing Film Academy. Due to controvery caused by some of his films, post-production on The Blue Kite (1993) had to be completed outside his homeland China.

59. David Lynch

Writer | Twin Peaks

Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future ...

60. Ching-Po Wong

Director | Fuk sau che ji sei

Ching-Po Wong is a director and editor, known for Revenge: A Love Story (2010), Triad Underworld (2004) and My Mother Is a Belly Dancer (2006).

61. Pascal Laugier

Director | Martyrs

Pascal Laugier is a director and writer, known for Martyrs (2008), Incident in a Ghostland (2018) and The Tall Man (2012).

62. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

63. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

64. Hark Tsui

Producer | Di renjie: Tong tian di guo

Tsui Hark recently became the fourth Chinese film director to join the board of judges for the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the feature films category this year.

An internationally acclaimed visionary director, Tsui started making experimental movies with 8mm film when he was only 13. After ...

65. Wilson Yip

Director | Yip Man

Wilson Yip was born as Yip Wai-Shun. He is a director and actor, known for Ip Man (2008), Ip Man 3 (2015) and Kill Zone (2005).

66. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

67. Ye Lou

Director | Fu cheng mi shi

Ye Lou was born (in 1965) and grew up in Shanghai, a city he would film beautifully in his Suzhou River (2000) (Suzhou River). After studying cinema at the Beijing Film Academy, the gifted young man debuted in the film career as an assistant director, a producer and a short subjects director. His ...

68. Mamoru Hosoda

Director | Samâ uôzu

Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films...

69. Paco Plaza

Director | [Rec]

Paco Plaza was born in 1973 in València, València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain as Francisco Plaza Trinidad. He is married to Leticia Dolera.

70. Danny Pang

Director | Gin gwai

The twin brothers Oxide and Danny Pang started their career in Hong Kong, where Oxide worked as colourist and Danny as editor. After moving to Bangkok, Oxide made the experimental film Who's Running. Bangkok Dangerous (2000) is the first film in which the brothers combine their talents.

71. Ming-liang Tsai

Director | Dong

Born in Kuching, Malaysia, he graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and worked as a theatrical producer and TV director. His second feature film, Vive L'Amour (1994), won the Golden Lion (best picture) at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. His ...

72. Luc Besson

Writer | The Fifth Element

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...



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