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Famous Playwrights from Japan

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List of notable or famous playwrights from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Japan and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Japan is included when available.

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This historic playwrights from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Japan?" These prominent playwrights of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese playwrights.

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    Ayumu Saito is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Japan
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    Ayumu Saito is an actor.more

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    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Japan, Kushiro
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: 13 Assassins, Summer Wars, Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Marebito, Ju-on: The Curse 2, + more
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    Ben Ousaka is a television director and playwright.more

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    • Birthplace: Manchuria, China
    • Profession: Television director, Playwright
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    Hideki Noda is an acclaimed Japanese actor, playwright and theatre director who has written and directed more than forty plays in Japan, as well as working at bringing modern Japanese theatre to an international audience.more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Tsuru
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    Inoue Hisashi was a leading Japanese playwright and writer of comic fiction. From 1961 to 1986, he used the pen name of Uchiyama Hisashi.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1934-2010)
    • Birthplace: Kawanishi, Japan
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
    • Credits: Final Take
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    Kankurō Kudō is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from Japan
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    Kankurō Kudō is a Japanese screenwriter, dramatist, director, actor and member of the theater company Otona Keikaku. He won the 'Best Screenplay' award at the 2002 Japanese Academy Awards for Go, which explores problems faced by people of Korean-heritage living in Japan. He acted in Crying Out Love, In ...more

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    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Wakayanagi, Japan
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director, Playwright
    • Credits: Tekkonkinkreet, Ping-Pong, Welcome to the Quiet Room, Dragon Princess, Kamui Gaiden, + more
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    Kenji Yamauchi is an actor and playwright.more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Naruto Shippūden, Looking for a True Fiancee, Hospitalité, Being Mitsuko, Moratorium Tamako
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    Kōbō Abe, pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, was a Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor. Abe has been often compared to Franz Kafka and Alberto Moravia for his surreal, often nightmarish explorations of individuals in contemporary society and his modernist sensibilities.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1924-1993)
    • Birthplace: Kantō region, Kita, Tokyo, East Asia, Honshu, + more
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Photographer, Playwright
    • Credits: Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another, Pitfall, The Box Man, A Poet's Life
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    Kōki Mitani is a Japanese playwright, screenwriter, actor and film director and was previously married to Japanese actress Satomi Kobayashi. He was named after Taihō Kōki, a sumo wrestler who became yokozuna a few months after his birth. He studied dramatics at Nihon University. In an attempt to add his ...more

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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director, Playwright
    • Credits: Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald, A Ghost of a Chance, The Uchōten Hotel, The Magic Hour, + more
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