No photo available. Represent Yoshimitsu Banno? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Up 223,120 this week

Yoshimitsu Banno (1931–2017)

Yoshimitsu Banno studied at Toho under such directors as Hiromichi Horikawa, Mikio Naruse, Kengo Furusawa and Seiji Maruyama. By 1970 Toho was ready to promote him to full director, and the resulting project, Birth of the Japanese Islands (1970) played at Osaka's Expo 70, attracting record-breaking crowds. Gojira series producer Tomoyuki Tanaka ... See full bio »


(age 86) in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Trending: Stars to Watch

These stars are on the rise. How many do you recognize?

See the gallery

Double Duty: Musicians-Turned-Actors

These multi-talented Hispanic and Latino musicians are taking Hollywood by storm with their standout performances in film and TV, including Shotgun Wedding, Bullet Train, and Hustlers.

See the full gallery

We Love These Hollywood Power Couples

Check out some of our favorite couples in Hollywood.

See the gallery

On Prime Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 people
created 19 Jan 2020
a list of 367 people
created 3 months ago
a list of 50 people
created 07 May 2017
a list of 226 people
created 01 Jan 2017
a list of 39 people
created 13 Sep 2014

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDb page

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Yoshimitsu Banno's work have you seen?

User Polls

Known For

Godzilla Producer
The Hidden Fortress Second Unit Director or Assistant Director


Hide Hide Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (18 credits)
 1974 Prophecies of Nostradamus (chief assistant director)
 1966 Doto ichiman kairi (chief assistant director)
 1966 The Boss of Pick-pocket Bay (chief assistant director)
 1965 Ironfinger (chief assistant director)
 1965 Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (chief assistant director)
 1965 Nikutai no gakko (chief assistant director)
 1964 The Sandal Keeper (chief assistant director)
 1964 Kyô mo ware ôzora ni ari (chief assistant director)
 1962 Nippon musekinin yaro (second assistant director)
 1962 Nippon musekinin jidai (second assistant director)
 1960 The Bad Sleep Well (assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
 1960 Musume tsuma haha (second assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
 1960 Ginza taikutsu musume (assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
 1959 The Adventures of Sun Wu Kung (assistant director)
 1958 The Hidden Fortress (assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
 1958 Tôkyô no kyûjitsu (second assistant director)
 1957 The Lower Depths (assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
 1957 Throne of Blood (assistant director - as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
Show Show Director (7 credits)
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (3 credits)

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Yoshimitsu Sakano

Did You Know?


Banno was happy to hear that the filmmakers for Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) considered Hedorah one of their favorite monsters. However, Banno was ultimately disappointed with the final film. See more »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed