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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Nachi Nozawa and Gorō Naya.

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

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Akaji Maro is a Japanese actor, Butoka, and theater director. He was born in Sakurai, Nara and is the founder of Dairakudakan. One of his sons is the film director Tatsushi Ōmori; another is the actor Nao Ōmori. ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan

Profession: Theatre Director, Actor

Credits: Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Suicide Club, Ring 2, Be a Man! Samurai School, + more

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Akihiro Miwa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from Japan
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Akihiro Maruyama, better known by his stage name Akihiro Miwa, is a Japanese singer, actor, director, composer, and author. He writes most of his own music and has written over 20 books. Miwa is openly gay, and a drag queen who is known for having shoulder-length bright yellow hair. ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan

Profession: Theatre Director, Drag queen, Singer-songwriter, Tarento, Author, + more

Credits: Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Maeterlinck's Blue Bird: Tyltyl and Mytyl's Adventurous Journey, Black Rose Mansion, + more

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Akihisa Kanai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from Japan
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Akihisa Kanai is a film producer. ...more

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer

Ayumu Saito is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Theatre Directors from Japan
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Ayumu Saito is an actor. ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Kushiro, Japan

Profession: Actor

Credits: 13 Assassins, Summer Wars, Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Marebito, Ju-on: The Curse 2, + more

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