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Kihachi Okamoto (岡本喜八 Okamoto Kihachi, 17 February 192319 February 2005) was a Japanese film director who has worked in several different genres, including jidaigeki. He was born in Yonago. He graduated from the Meiji University. He directed almost 40 films and wrote atleast 24 films. Jump to: navigation, search February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1923 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Jump to: navigation, search A genre is a division of a particular form of art according to criteria particular to that form. ... Jidaigeki (時代劇) is a genre of film and television in Japan. ... Yonago (米子市; -shi) is a city located in the northwest of Tottori, Japan, facing the Sea of Japan, and adjacent to Shimane. ... Meiji University (明治大学) is a famous private university in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. ...


One of his most notable works is Samurai Assassin (1965) starring Toshiro Mifune, about a group of 19th Century political agitators planning to kill an important government official. The Japanese title is simply Samurai. Other works by Okamoto include The Sword of Doom (1966), Kill! (Japanese title: Kiru) (1968), and the anti-war film, The Human Bullet (1968). Samurai Assassin is a 1964 Japanese movie directed by Kihachi Okamoto and starring Toshirô Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto, Yunosuke Ito, and Michiyo Aratama. ... See also: 1964 in film 1965 1966 in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America Mary Poppins The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews Goldfinger My Fair Lady Whats New Pussycat? Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound... Jump to: navigation, search Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō) (April 1, 1920 - December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. ... Dai-bosatsu tôge is a samurai movie released in 1966. ... See also: 1965 in film 1966 1967 in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All... Kill! (斬る) is a 1968 film directed by Kihachi Okamoto starring Tatsuya Nakadai as an ex-samurai who helps defend a farming village against ronin. ... See also: 1967 in film 1968 1969 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Human Bullet is a 1968 Japanese film about Him played by Minori Terada, who is a Japanese soldier during World War II that becomes assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship. ... See also: 1967 in film 1968 1969 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ...


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Midnight Eye feature: A Tribute to Kihachi Okamoto (920 words)
Okamoto was a 19-year-old university student when he was drafted into the army in 1943 and shipped to the front at the height of the Pacific War.
He was one of the main proponents of the wave of chanbara filmmakers that, in the wake of Akira Kurosawa, took a very critical attitude to bushido, the samurai lifestyle and Tokugawa society in general.
With Kihachi Okamoto gone, plus the recent passing of film noir specialist Yoshitaro Nomura, the ever non-conformist Seijun Suzuki remains the last active filmmaker of Japan's battlefield generation.
Kihachi Okamoto | | Guardian Unlimited Arts (875 words)
However, although jidai-geki is also the most celebrated genre to come out of Japan, one of its leading exponents, Kihachi Okamoto, who has died of cancer of the oesophagus, aged 82, was among the least known of postwar directors in the west.
Okamoto belonged to the generation of Japanese university graduates who were drafted in to the worst years of the war in the south Pacific.
Okamoto, who was referred to in Japan by the single name of Kihachi, was back on more familiar territory in his final film, Vengeance For Sale (2001), a delightful low-budget throwback to his samurai films of the 1960s.
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