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Kazuo Mori, also known as Issei Mori, got his start as a jidai-geki director in silent films of the 1930s. In postwar years he became a leading director at Daiei, working regularly with the studio's familiar stars like Shintaro Katsu and Raizo Ichikawa. In the 1960s and '70s, Mori established himself alongside Kenji Misumi as one of the most dependable names in chambara franchise series, directing some of the best installments of Zatoichi, Kyoshiro Nemuri and Shinobi No Mono. Mori's work is marked by clear, intelligent storytelling and innovative camera techniques.
January 15, 1911, Matsuyama, Japan
June 29, 1989
1952 Vendetta of a SamuraiDirector 1957 Advance PatrolDirector 1959 Samurai VendettaDirector 1960 Her Brother 1961 A Wife Confesses 1961 The Old Temple WellDirector 1962 The Tale of Zatoichi ContinuesDirector 1963 Shinobi no Mono 3: ResurrectionDirector 1965 Zatoichi and the Doomed ManDirector 1965 Shinobi No Mono 6: The Last Iga SpyDirector 1966 Shinobi no mono 7: Mist Saizo Strikes BackDirector 1967 A Certain KillerDirector 1967 A Killer's KeyDirector 1968 The Saga of TanegashimaDirector 1972 Zatoichi at LargeDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items