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Famous Screenwriters from Japan

Updated October 13, 2018 2.4k views438 items

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.

The list you're viewing contains people like Akira Kurosawa and Yoko Ono.

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

    Yoko Ono

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Akira Kurosawa

    Akira Kurosawa

    Dec. at 88 (1910-1998)

    BirthplaceShinagawa, Japan

    Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, 1910 – September 6,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Masi Oka

    Masi Oka

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceShibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    Masayori "Masi" Oka (岡 政偉, Oka Masayori) (born December 27, 1974) is an American actor of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Takeshi Kitano

    BirthplaceAdachi, Japan

    Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Hayao Miyazaki

    BirthplaceBunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

    Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Shintaro Ishihara

    BirthplaceKeihanshin, Japan

    Shintaro Ishihara (石原 慎太郎, Ishihara Shintarō, born 30 September 1932) is a Japanese politician... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Liv Ullmann

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Makoto Raiku

    BirthplaceGifu, Japan

    Makoto Raiku (雷句誠, Raiku Makoto, born 23 August 1974 in Gifu, Japan) is a manga artist whose... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Koji Wakamatsu

    Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

    BirthplaceWakuya, Japan

    Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二, Wakamatsu Kōji, 1 April 1936 – 17 October 2012) was a Japanese film... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Osamu Tezuka

    Osamu Tezuka

    Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)

    BirthplaceOsaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Toyonaka

    Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Takeshi Shudo

    Dec. at 61 (1949-2010)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Asia, Japan, Fukuoka, Kyushu

    Takeshi Shudo (首藤 剛志, Shudō Takeshi, August 18, 1949 – October 29, 2010) was a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Yasujirō Ozu

    Yasujirō Ozu

    Dec. at 60 (1903-1963)

    BirthplaceEast Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan

    Yasujirō Ozu (小津 安二郎, Ozu Yasujirō, 12 December 1903 – 12 December 1963) was a Japanese film... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    BirthplaceSaitama, Japan

    Akie Namiki is a film actress.
  • 14

    BirthplaceKaminoyama, Japan

    Kazunori Itô is a screenwriter.
  • 15
    Kuniko Mukōda

    Kuniko Mukōda

    Dec. at 52 (1929-1981)

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Kuniko Mukōda (向田 邦子, Mukōda Kuniko, November 28, 1929 – August 22, 1981) was a Japanese TV... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Gosho Aoyama

    BirthplaceHokuei, Tottori, Japan

    Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌, Aoyama Gōshō, born June 21, 1963) is a Japanese manga artist best known... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Eriko Sonoda is a film producer, editor, art director, score composer, director, screenwriter,...
  • 18

    BirthplaceGunma, Japan

    Akitaro Daichi (大地 丙太郎, Daichi Akitarō, born January 13, 1956) is an anime director, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Shinya Tsukamoto

    BirthplaceKantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Shinya Tsukamoto (塚本 晋也, Tsukamoto Shin'ya, born January 1, 1960) is a Japanese film director... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Mamoru Oshii

    BirthplaceŌta, Tokyo, Japan

    Mamoru Oshii (押井 守, Oshii Mamoru, born 8 August 1951) is a Japanese filmmaker, television... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Shinichi Sekizawa

    Dec. at 72 (1920-1992)

    BirthplaceKyoto Prefecture, Japan

    Shinichi Sekizawa was a Japanese screenwriter. His very first screenplay was for the Shintoho... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Yasuko Miyazaki

    Dec. at 65 (1931-1996)

    BirthplaceNagasaki, Japan

    Yasuko Miyazaki was a screenwriter.
  • 23

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Kōichi Mashimo (真下 耕一, Mashimo Kōichi, sometimes credited as Kouchi Mashimo or Kouichi... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Kaneto Shindo

    Kaneto Shindo

    Dec. at 100 (1912-2012)

    BirthplaceSaeki District, Hiroshima

    Kaneto Shindo (新藤 兼人, Shindō Kaneto, April 22, 1912 – May 29, 2012) was a Japanese film... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Yoji Yamada

    BirthplaceToyonaka, Japan

    Yoji Yamada (山田 洋次, Yamada Yōji, born September 13, 1931 in Toyonaka, Osaka) is a Japanese... more on Wikipedia