Famous Screenwriters from Japan

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

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

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  • Yoko Ono
    Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist. Her work also encompasses performance art, which she performs in both English and ...more
  • Akira Kurosawa
    Dec. at 88 (1910-1998)
    • Birthplace: Shinagawa, Japan
    Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter, who directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more
  • Masi Oka
    Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Shibuya, Japan
    Masayori "Masi" Oka (岡 政偉, Oka Masayori) (born December 27, 1974) is an American actor of Japanese descent, occasional rapper, producer and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role ...more
    • Birthplace: Adachi, Japan
    Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television presenter, actor, filmmaker, and author. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his ...more
    • Birthplace: Japan, Bunkyō
    Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he ...more
    • Birthplace: Japan, Keihanshin
    Shintaro Ishihara (石原 慎太郎, Ishihara Shintarō, born 30 September 1932) is a Japanese politician and author who was Governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012. Being the former leader of right-leaning Japan ...more