Masaki Kobayashi1916 — 1996 Age: 80 years old
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Masaki Kobayashi (February 14, 1916–October 4, 1996) was a Japanese director. Among his films is Kwaidan (1965), a collection of four ghost stories drawn from the book by Lafcadio Hearn, each of which has a surprise ending. Kobayashi also directed The Human Condition, a trilogy on the effects of World War II on a Japanese pacifist and socialist. The total length of the films is over 9 hours. Other notable films include Harakiri (1962) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). Harakiri won him an award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, solidifying his place in the history of cinema. In 1969, he was a member of the jury at the 19th Berlin International Film Festival. He was also a candidate for directing the Japanese sequences for Tora! Tora! Tora!, once Akira Kurosawa left the film. But instead Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda were chosen. Kobayashi, himself a pacifist, was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, but refused to fight and refused promotion to a rank higher than private. Description above from the Wikipedia article Masaki Kobayashi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
February 14, 1916, Otaru, Hokkaidō, Japan
October 4, 1996
1948 The PortraitAssistant Director 1948 ApostasyAssistant Director 1951 Carmen Comes HomeAssistant Director 1954 Three LovesWriter and Director 1956 The Thick-Walled RoomDirector 1957 Black RiverDirector 1959 The Human Condition I: No Greater LoveDirector and Screenplay 1959 The Human Condition II: Road to EternityDirector, Screenplay, and Producer 1961 The Human Condition III: A Soldier's PrayerProducer, Director, and Screenplay 1962 HarakiriDirector 1965 KwaidanDirector 1967 Samurai RebellionDirector 1970 Dodes'ka-denExecutive Producer 1975 The FossilDirector 2000 Dora-heitaScreenplayLimited to the 15 most popular items