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Born: 16 May 1898 Died: 24 August 1956

Country of origin: Japan

Height: 5' 5"


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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 outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g. The Life of Oharu (1952) or 0047445. He only filmed two productions in color: Princess Yang Kwei-fei (1955) and Taira Clan Saga (1955).
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1. Ugetsu (1953)
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5. The 47 Ronin (1941)
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3. Osaka Elegy (1936)
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5. Gion matsuri (1933)
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Big Directors I Still Ain't Seen Shit From (49 person items)

"Seen Ugetsu Sansho the Bailiff Priority Street of Shame"

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Directors and composers who work together (63 person items)

" Kenji Mizoguchi / Fumio Hayasaka Portrait of Madame Yuki (1950) Miss Oyu (1951) The Lady of Musashino (1951) Ugetsu (1953) The Crucified Lovers (1954) Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955) Tales of the Taira Clan (1955) "

Kenji posted a comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

“Mizoguchi Kenji was born in Tokyo in 1898, the middle child in a family of modest means. The abrupt ending of the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese war, dashing his father’s attempts to sell raincoats to the army, precipitated a desperate financial crisis which forced his older sister Suzu to be given up for adoption then sold to a geisha house. Though she was fortunately “rescued” and later married by a wealthy patron, the event, along with the death when he was 17 of the mother he idolised, had a huge impact on Mizoguchi’s life and future career as a director- a principal theme of his films being the oppression and suffering of women.

Having left school at 13 for a pharmacy apprenticeship, Mizoguchi was then found work designing kimonos and began to study art and western paintin”

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My favorite film of my favorite directors (215 person items)

" Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari, 1953) "

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"Masterpiece: Ugetsu monogatari"

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