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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mikio Naruse (August 20, 1905 – July 2, 1969) was a Japanese filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed some 89 films spanning the period 1930 (towards the end of the silent period in Japan) to 1967. Naruse is known for imbuing his films with a bleak and pessimistic outlook. He made primarily shomin-geki (working-class drama) films with female protagonists, portrayed by actresses such as Hideko Takamine, Kinuyo Tanaka, and Setsuko Hara. Because of his focus on family drama and the intersection of traditional and modern Japanese culture, his films are frequently compared with the works of Yasujirō Ozu. His reputation is just behind Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Ozu in Japan and internationally; his work remains less well known outside Japan than theirs. Akira Kurosawa called Naruse's style of melodrama, "like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths". Description above from the Wikipedia article Mikio Naruse, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
August 20, 1905, Tokyo, Japan
July 2, 1969
1931 Flunky, Work Hard!Screenplay and Director 1932 No Blood RelationDirector 1933 Every-Night DreamsDirector and Story 1933 Apart from YouDirector and Screenplay 1935 Five Men in a CircusDirector 1952 MotherDirector 1953 Brother and SisterDirector 1954 Sound of the MountainDirector 1954 Late ChrysanthemumsDirector 1955 Floating CloudsDirector 1956 A Wife's HeartDirector 1956 Sudden RainDirector 1960 When a Woman Ascends the StairsDirector 1964 YearningProducer, Story, and Director 1967 Two in the ShadowDirectorLimited to the 15 most popular items