Creator / Kenji Mizoguchi

Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二 Mizoguchi Kenji; May 16, 1898 August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Mizoguchi is renowned for his mastery of the long take and mise-en-scène, and regarded alongside Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu as a major figure in postwar Japanese cinema (though, like Ozu, he had been working for a couple decades by the time he made the films behind this reputation). His film Ugetsu (1953) is also credited, alongside Rashomon and Seven Samurai, with sparking Western interest in Japanese cinema; it won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972.

Mizoguchi's films include:

  • Osaka Elegy (1936)
  • Sisters of the Gion (1936)
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
  • The 47 Ronin (1941)
  • Five Women Around Utamaro (1946)
  • The Life of Oharu (1953)
  • Ugetsu (1953)
  • The Crucified Lovers (1954)
  • Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
  • Taira Clan Saga (1955)
  • Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955)
  • Street of Shame (1956)