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Kinji Fukasaku

Film director

Kinji Fukasaku is ...


Born 3 July 1930 in Mito
Died 12 January 2003 in Tokyo
Age 72 years, 6 months
Cause cancer and prostate cancer

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Japan
Manner of death natural causes
Spouse Sanae Nakahara
Child Kenta Fukasaku
Occupation film director, screenwriter and film producer
Awards Japan Academy Prize, Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year and Medal with Purple Ribbon

About Kinji Fukasaku

Kinji Fukasaku was a visionary Japanese film director who left an indelible mark on the world of cinema. Born on July 3, 1930, in Mito, Japan, Fukasaku began his career as an assistant director in the 1950s before making his directorial debut with the film "Wandering Detective: Tragedy in Red Valley" in 1961.

Fukasaku's films often explored themes of violence, crime, and social injustice, and he became known for his gritty, realistic style. His breakthrough film, "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" (1973), was a landmark in Japanese cinema, and its influence can still be seen in modern films today.

Throughout his career, Fukasaku directed over 60 films, including the cult classic "Battle Royale" (2000), which has since become a global phenomenon. He was also a mentor to many of Japan's most successful filmmakers, including Takeshi Kitano and Quentin Tarantino.

Fukasaku passed away on January 12, 2003, at the age of 72, but his legacy lives on. His films continue to inspire and influence filmmakers around the world, and his impact on Japanese cinema cannot be overstated.


- "Kinji Fukasaku: A Life in Film" by Sadao Yamane

- "The Cinema of Japan and Korea" edited by Justin Bowyer

- "Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Collection" (Blu-ray) bonus features.

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