Asakazu Nakai (Japanese: 中井朝一; August 29, 1901 – February 28, 1988) was a Japanese cinematographer, born in Kobe. He worked on a dozen films with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work in the film Ran (1985), becoming the oldest nominee ever in that category. In 1950 he won the award for Best Cinematography at the Mainichi Film Concours for Stray Dog .
Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese film noir crime drama directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. It was Kurosawa's second film of 1949 produced by the Film Art Association and released by Shintoho. It is also considered a detective movie that explores the mood of Japan during its painful postwar recovery. The film is also considered a precursor to the contemporary police procedural and buddy cop film genres, based on its premise of pairing two cops with different personalities and motivations together on a difficult case.
The Mainichi Film Awards are a series of annual film awards, sponsored by Mainichi Shinbun (毎日新聞), one of the largest newspaper companies in Japan, since 1946. It is the first film festival in Japan.
The Blue Ribbon Awards are film-specific prizes awarded solely by movie critics and writers in Tokyo, Japan.
Akatsuki no Dassō is a 1950 Japanese film which revolves around a tragic affair between a soldier involved in the Manchurian campaign and a prostitute.
Repast is a 1951 Japanese drama and shomin-geki film directed by Mikio Naruse and starring Setsuko Hara. It is based on the final unfinished novel by Fumiko Hayashi and was the first in a series of adaptations of her work by the director.
The Demon is a 1978 Japanese psychological drama directed by Yoshitarō Nomura and written by Masato Ide, based on the novel by Seichō Matsumoto.
Twin Sisters of Kyoto is a 1963 Japanese drama film directed by Noboru Nakamura and the first adaptation of the novel The Old Capital (1962) by Nobel prize-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Takashi Matsuyama, a.k.a. Sō Matsuda and Sō Matsuyama, was a Japanese production designer and art director. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction: the first time for his work in Rashomon (1950), and the second time for his work in Seven Samurai (1954). In 1950 he won the award for Best Art Direction at the Mainichi Film Concours for Stray Dog, directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Summer Days with Coo is a 2007 Japanese animated film about a kappa and its impact on an ordinary suburban family, written for the screen and directed by Keiichi Hara based on two novels by Masao Kogure.
A.K. is a 1985 French documentary film directed by Chris Marker about the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Though it was filmed while Kurosawa was working on Ran, the film focuses more on Kurosawa's remote but polite personality than on the making of the film. The film is sometimes seen as being reflective of Marker's fascination with Japanese culture, which he also drew on for one of his best-known films, Sans Soleil. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.
Spellbound is a 1999 Japanese film directed by Masato Harada.
47 Ronin is a 1994 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa. The film is another version of the Chūshingura, the story of the revenge of the forty-seven rōnin of Ako against Lord Kira.
The Mainichi Film Award for Best Actor is a film award given at the Mainichi Film Awards.
The Mainichi Film Award for Best Supporting Actor is a film award given at the Mainichi Film Awards.
The Mainichi Film Award for Best Supporting Actress is a film award given at the Mainichi Film Awards.
The Mainichi Film Award for Best Cinematography is a film award given at the Mainichi Film Awards.
The Mainichi Film Award for Best Music is a film award given at the Mainichi Film Awards.
The Foreign Film Best One Award (外国映画ベストワン賞) is an award given to the best foreign film at the Mainichi Film Awards. This award was first presented in 1983 for Sophie's Choice.
Fumio Yanoguchi was a Japanese recording engineer known for his work with film director Akira Kurosawa.
Inn of Evil is a 1971 Japanese film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. The film set during the Tokugawa Shogunate and is about a tavern in Edo which smugglers use as a base of operations. The film was adapted from the novel Fukagawa anarakutei by Shugoro Yamamoto. The film received four awards at the Mainichi Film Concours, including Best Actor and Best Score.