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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Japan
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Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the war. They reunited in 1953, and after some time at Sarah Lawrence College, she became involved in New York City's downtown artists scene, including the Fluxus group. She first met Lennon in 1966 at her own art exhibition in London, and they became a couple in 1968. Ono and Lennon famously used their honeymoon as a stage for public protests against the Vietnam War with their Bed-Ins for Peace in ...more

Age: 85

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Japan
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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. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter, he made his debut as a director in 1943, during World War II, with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata. After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel, in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshiro Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director's reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1910-1998)

Birthplace: Shinagawa, Japan

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Masi Oka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Japan
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Masayori "Masi" Oka is a Japanese-American actor and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role on NBC's Heroes as Hiro Nakamura. ...more

Age: 43

Birthplace: Shibuya, Japan

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Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Japan
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Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese director, comedian, singer, actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his idiosyncratic cinematic work. Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to the influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi — although he has been credited as the mononym "Takeshi" for his acting role in the movie Johnny Mnemonic. Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Visual Arts, ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Adachi, Japan

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