Yoji Yamada

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Yōji Yamada
山田 洋次
Yamada Yoji from "Tora-san, Wish You Were Here" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019 (49014012331).jpg
Born (1931-09-13) 13 September 1931 (age 89)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active1961–present
Japanese name
Hiragana やまだ ようじ
Katakana ヤマダ ヨウジ

Yoji Yamada (山田 洋次, Yamada Yōji, born 13 September 1931) is a Japanese film director best known for his Otoko wa Tsurai yo series of films and his Samurai Trilogy ( The Twilight Samurai , The Hidden Blade and Love and Honor ).

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Biography

He was born in Osaka, but due to his father's job as an engineer for the South Manchuria Railway, he was brought up in Dalian, China. from the age of two.[ citation needed ] Following the end of World War II, he returned to Japan and subsequently lived in Yamagata Prefecture. After receiving his degree from Tokyo University in 1954, he entered Shochiku and worked under Yoshitaro Nomura as a scriptwriter or as an assistant director.[ citation needed ]

He won many awards throughout his lengthy career and is well respected in Japan and by critics throughout the world. He wrote his first screenplay in 1958, and directed his first movie in 1961. Yamada continues to make movies to this day. He once served as president of the Directors Guild of Japan, [1] and is currently a guest professor of Ritsumeikan University. [2]

Tora-san series

Known in Japan under the title Otoko wa Tsurai yo , his Tora-san series features traveling merchant Torajirō, who is always unlucky in love. Since the lead role in every Tora-san movie was played by Kiyoshi Atsumi, his death in 1996 put an end to the series and Yamada moved on to other movies. Although Yamada is known for his long-running series of movies—four films in the A Class to Remember series, 13 in the Free and Easy (Tsuribaka Nisshi) series—none has reached the prolific numbers of the Tora-san series. Over a period of about 25 years, 48 Tora-san films were made, all of them starring Atsumi, and the majority written and directed by Yamada.

Notable awards

His movies have won the Best Picture award at the Japanese Academy Awards four times: in 1977 for The Yellow Handkerchief , in 1991 for My Sons , in 1993 for A Class to Remember , and in 2002 for The Twilight Samurai , which was nominated for the 76th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film. He won the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year three times. His 1984 film, Tora-san's Forbidden Love , was nominated for the Golden Prize at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. [3]

His 2004 film, The Hidden Blade , was nominated for sixteen awards and won three.[ citation needed ] In 2010, Yamada was honored at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival with a screening of his latest film Otōto during the awards ceremony, as well as receiving a Berlinale Camera award for his numerous contributions to the festival's program. [4]

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Honours

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<i>Otoko wa Tsurai yo</i> Japanese film series

Otoko wa Tsurai yo is a Japanese film series starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as Tora-san (寅さん), a kind-hearted vagabond who is always unlucky in love. The series itself is often referred to as "Tora-san" by its fans. Spanning 48 installments released between 1969 and 1995, all of the Otoko wa tsurai yo films except episodes 3 and 4 were directed by Yōji Yamada, who also wrote all the screenplays.

<i>Its Tough Being a Man</i>

It's Tough Being a Man is a 1969 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Kiyoshi Atsumi. It is the first entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Cherished Mother</i>

Tora-san's Cherished Mother, aka Tora-san's Homeward Journey, Am I Trying? Part II, and Torasan Pt. 2, is a 1969 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Kuruma Torajirō (Tora-san), and Orie Satō as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Cherished Mother is the second entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san, His Tender Love</i>

Tora-san, His Tender Love is a 1970 Japanese comedy film directed by Azuma Morisaki. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Kuruma Torajirō (Tora-san), and Michiyo Aratama as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san, His Tender Love is the third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series, and the first of only two in the series not directed by Yoji Yamada.

<i>Tora-sans Shattered Romance</i>

Tora-san's Shattered RomanceakaTora-san in Love is a 1971 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ayako Wakao as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Shattered Romance is the sixth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Forget Me Not</i>

Tora-san's Forget Me NotakaTorasan and his Forget-Me-Not is a 1973 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ruriko Asaoka as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Forget Me Not is the eleventh entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Lullaby</i>

Tora-san's Lullaby is a 1974 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Yukiyo Toake as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Lullaby is the fourteenth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. It marks the debut of actor Masami Shimojō in the role of Tora-san's Uncle Tatsuzō. The third actor in this role, Shimojō would play the character until the end of the series.

<i>Tora-san Plays Cupid</i>

Tora-san Plays CupidakaTora-san, Hold Out! is a 1977 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Shiho Fujimura as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san Plays Cupid is the twentieth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san, the Matchmaker</i>

Tora-san, the Matchmakera.k.a.Tora-san Riding High is a 1979 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kaori Momoi as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san, the Matchmaker is the twenty-third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Tropical Fever</i>

Tora-san's Tropical FeverakaTorasan Goes to Hisbiscus Land is a 1980 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Ruriko Asaoka as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora's Tropical Fever is the twenty-fifth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Love in Osaka</i>

Tora-san's Love in OsakaakaTora's Many-Splintered Love is a 1981 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Keiko Matsuzaka as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Love in Osaka is the twenty-seventh entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. It was the first film in the series in which Hidetaka Yoshioka played the role of Tora-san's nephew Mitsuo Suwa.

<i>Tora-sans Promise</i>

Tora-san's Promise, also called Torasan and a Paper Balloon in some regions, is a 1981 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Mikiko Otonashi as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Promise is the twenty-eighth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san, the Expert</i>

Tora-san, the Expert is a 1982 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Yūko Tanaka as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san, the Expert is the thirtieth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. This became the first Tora-san film to be released on DVD with English subtitles in 16:9 ratio when the Hong Kong label Panorama did so in 2006.

<i>Tora-sans Song of Love</i>

Tora-san's Song of LoveakaTorasan's Journey with a Lady is a 1983 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Harumi Miyako as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Song of Love is the thirty-first entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san Goes North</i>

Tora-san Goes NorthakaTorasan, Remind Shiretoke is a 1987 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), Keiko Takeshita as the film's "Madonna", and Toshiro Mifune as Takeshita's father. Tora-san Goes North is the thirty-eighth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san Plays Daddy</i>

Tora-san Plays DaddyakaTorasan's Tale is a 1987 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kumiko Akiyoshi as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san Plays Daddy is the 39th entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san Takes a Vacation</i>

Tora-san Takes a Vacation is a 1990 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Kumiko Goto as the love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san Takes a Vacation is the forty-third entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-san Confesses</i>

Tora-san Confesses is a 1991 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Hideko Yoshida as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san Confesses is the forty-fourth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

<i>Tora-sans Matchmaker</i>

Tora-san's Matchmaker is a 1993 Japanese comedy film directed by Yoji Yamada. It stars Kiyoshi Atsumi as Torajirō Kuruma (Tora-san), and Keiko Matsuzaka as his love interest or "Madonna". Tora-san's Matchmaker is the forty-sixth entry in the popular, long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo series.

References

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