Here are 10 things you should know about director and screenwriter Mikio Naruse, born 115 years today. He isn’t as well-known as some other directors of classic Japanese cinema, but we greatly admire his quiet, well-crafted dramas.
Here are 10 things you should know about Toshirō Mifune, born 100 years ago today. He was arguably the greatest international star Japan has ever produced.
Today, Turner Classic Movies is airing 10 classic films Mifune made with director Akira Kurosawa, and the Criterion Channel is currently featuring twenty-six—count ’em, 26—Mifune films, plus a documentary about his life and career (and the Criterion Channel offers a two-week free trial… just sayin’).
Here are 10 things you should know about the wonderful Kyôko Kagawa, who celebrates her 88th birthday today. She’s enjoyed a career that’s spanned 70 years to date, and she’s still going strong.
Here are 10 things you should know about actress and director Kinuyo Tanaka, born 109 years ago today. She worked with many of the greatest directors in Japanese cinema.