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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 ...more

Age: 84

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Imagine: John Lennon, This Is 40, Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon, Imagine

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1910-1998)

Birthplace: Shinagawa, Japan

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Film Director

Credits: Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ran

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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: 41

Birthplace: Shibuya, Japan

Profession: Actor, Digital Effects Artist

Credits: Heroes, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Hawaii Five-0, Friends with Benefits, Get Smart, + more

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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 ...more

Age: 68

Birthplace: Adachi, Japan

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more

Credits: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks, Brother, Kikujiro

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