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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 63

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Akihiko Shiota is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Akihiko Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akihiko Yamashita age 51

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Akihiro Kitamura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Akihito Izuhara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Akio Jissoji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akio Jissoji Died at 69 (1937-2006)

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Akio Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akio Watanabe age 48

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Akio Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akio Yoshida age 66

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Akira Emoto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Emoto age 69

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Akira Inoue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Inoue age 89

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Akira Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Ann Hui age 70

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Kurosawa Died at 88 (1910-1998)

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Akira Nishimori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Nishimori age 56

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Akira Ogata is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Akira Ogata age 58

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Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Akitaro Daichi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Akiyuki Shinbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Alala Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Alala Kurosawa

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Amica Kubo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Amica Kubo age 34

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

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Junji Shimizu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Junji Shimizu

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Atsuko Ishizuka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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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)

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Atsuro Watabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsuro Watabe age 49

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Atsushi Funahashi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsushi Funahashi age 54

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Atsushi Ogata is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsushi Ogata

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Atsushi Wada is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Atsushi Wada age 37

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Aya Koretzky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Aya Koretzky age 34

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Azuma Morisaki is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Azuma Morisaki age 90

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Bandō Tamasaburō V is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Banmei Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Banmei Takahashi age 68

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Buichi Saito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Buichi Saito Died at 86 (1925-2011)

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Chikara Iwai is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Chikara Iwai age 40

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Chosei Funahara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Chūsei Sone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Chūsei Sone Died at 77 (1937-2014)

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Daihachi Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Daiki Nishimura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Daiki Nishimura

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Daiki Yamada is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Daiki Yamada age 61

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Daisuke Itō is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Daisuke Itō Died at 83 (1898-1981)

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Daisuke Tengan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Daisuke Tsutsumi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Dave Tatsuno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Dave Tatsuno Died at 93 (1913-2006)

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Demo Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Demo Tanaka

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Devi Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Devi Kobayashi age 51

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Dragon Nishikawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Dragon Nishikawa

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Ei Aoki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Ei Aoki age 42

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Eiichi Kudo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Eiichi Kudo Died at 71 (1929-2000)

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Eiichi Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan

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Eiichiro Hasumi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Japan
Eiichiro Hasumi age 50