Japanese People Famous Film Directors from Japan

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List of famous film directors from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Japan has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Japanese directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Japan and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Items include everything from Tomoharu Katsumata to Morio Asaka.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Japanese directors?" and "Which directors are from Japan?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Japanese directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Aki Mizusawa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Aki Mizusawa age 64
Aki Mizusawa is an actress.

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Akihiko Shiota is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 57
Akihiko Shiota is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.

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Akihiko Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akihiko Yamashita age 52
Akihiko Yamashita is a Studio Ghibli animator who is famous for Howl's Moving Castle and Giant Robo.

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Akihiro Kitamura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 39
Akihiro Kitamura is a Japanese actor and director, who appeared in The Human Centipede.

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Akihito Izuhara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 54
Akihito Izuhara is a film director and producer.

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Akio Jissoji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Died at 69 (1937-2006)
Akio Jissoji was a Japanese television and film director best known outside of Japan for the 1960s TV series Ultraman and Ultra Seven, as well as for his auteur erotic ATG-produced Buddhist ...more

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Akio Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 49
Akio Watanabe is a Japanese animator, character designer and animation director currently living in Tokyo, Japan. He often goes by the pseudonym Poyoyon Rock. He is also a member of the dōjinshi ...more

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Akio Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akio Yoshida age 67
Akio Yoshida is a Television director and the husband of Noriko Ogawa.

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Akira Emoto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 70
Akira Emoto is a Japanese actor.

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Akira Inoue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Inoue age 90
Akira Inoue is a film director.

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Akira Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 80
Akira Kobayashi is a Japanese actor and singer. His nickname is Maitogai.

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 71
Ann Hui On-Wah, MBE is a Hong Kong actress, film director, film producer and occasional screenwriter, one of the most critically acclaimed amongst the Hong Kong New Wave. She is best known for ...more

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Died at 88 (1910-1998)
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more

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Akira Nishimori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Nishimori age 57
Akira Nishimori is a Japanese anime director.

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Akira Ogata is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Ogata age 59
Akira Ogata is a Japanese film director. He was given the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award for his debut film, Boy's Choir, in 2000, and then won the award for best director at the ...more

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Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 63
Akira Toriyama is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known ...more

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Akitaro Daichi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 62
Akitaro Daichi is an anime director, producer, and photography director.

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Akiyuki Shinbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 57
Akiyuki Shinbo, born September 27, 1961 in Fukushima, Japan, is a Japanese animation director. Shinbo started his career as an animator in 1981 at Studio One Pattern. He then made his ...more

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Alala Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Alala Kurosawa
Alala Kurosawa, also known as Arara Kurosawa, is a Japanese adult video director who has specialized in producing videos in the Japanese porn genre of bukkake. He has been called the best in the ...more

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Amica Kubo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Amica Kubo age 35
Amica Kubo is a film director.

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Asumi Matsumura is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Asumi Matsumura
Asumi Matsumura is a TV director.

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Atsuji Shimizu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsuji Shimizu
Junji Shimizu is a film director.

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Atsuko Ishizuka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 37
Atsuko Ishizuka is a Japanese animator and director at Madhouse, one of the leading animation production companies in the world. She was born on September 3, 1981 and has been with Madhouse ...more

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Atsuo Okunaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsuo Okunaka Died at 82 (1930-2012)
Atsuo Okunaka was a film and television director.

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Atsuro Watabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
age 50
Atsuro Watabe is a Japanese actor.