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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.
Sunday, January 15, 1911, Matsuyama, Japan
Thursday, June 29, 1989
1952 Vendetta for a SamuraiDirector 1958 The 7th Secret Agent to EdoDirector 1959 Jirocho FujiDirector 1960 The Blind MenaceDirector 1960 Her Brother 1961 A Wife Confesses 1961 Satan's Sword III: The Final ChapterDirector 1961 Three Young SamuraiDirector 1962 The Tale of Zatoichi ContinuesDirector 1965 Zatoichi and the Doomed ManDirector 1966 Wrath of DaimajinDirector 1966 Shinobi no mono 7: Mist Saizo Strikes BackDirector 1967 A Certain KillerDirector 1969 Sleepy Eyes of Death 13: The Full Moon SwordsmanDirector 1972 Zatoichi at LargeDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items