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Encyclopedia > Yamada Youji

Yoji Yamada (山田 洋次 Yamada Yōji, born September 13, 1931 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese director best known for his Tora-san series of films.

He has won many awards throughout his lengthy career and is well-respected in Japan and by critics throughout the world. His wrote his first screenplay in 1958, and directed his first movie in 1961. Yamada continues to make movies to this day.

Tora-san Series

Known in Japan under the title Otoko wa tsurai yo (男はつらいよ, "It's tough being a man"), 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--4 films in the A Class to Remember (学校 Gakkō) series, 13 in the Free and Easy (釣りバカ日誌 Tsuribaka Nisshi) series--none have 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 Hankerchief (幸福の黄色いハンカチ Kōfuku no Kiiroi Hankachi), in 1991 for My Sons (息子 Musuko), in 1993 for A Class to Remember (学校 Gakkō), and in 2002 for The Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛 Tasogare Seibei). In 2003 The Twilight Samurai was nominated for the 76th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film.

External links

  • Profile at Japan Zone (http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/yamada_yoji.shtml)
  • IMDb Listing (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0945282/)
  • JMDb Listing (Japanese) (http://www.jmdb.ne.jp/person/p0148650.htm)

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Patentee Index (9441 words)
Sunaga, Hideki; Nakamura, Shiro; Yamada, Kazunori; Machida, Katsuhiro; Asayama, Yoshinori; Kamioka, Hiroyuki; and Kuramochi, Satoshi 06896494 Cl. 417-423.1.
Yamada, Masahiro; Miura, Takahiro; Kanazawa, Takakiyo; Watanabe, Tetsu; and Aoki, Sunao 06898027 Cl. 359-796.
Yamada, Kenji; and Teranishi, Yasuo 06896397 Cl. 362-511.
Patentee Index (4371 words)
Tanaka, Takehisa; Yamada, Osamu; Nichogi, Mutsuko; and Kanamori, Katsuhiro 06819458 Cl. 358-518.
Tamura, Kenichi; Nakamura, Tadami; Yamada, Tomohiro; Kurita, Kazuhito; Minowa, Satoru; and Takamatsu, Takashi 06820274 Cl. 720-647.
Maemori, Satoshi; Sato, Kazufumi; Nitta, Kazuyuki; Oomori, Katsumi; Tani, Kazuo; Kinoshita, Yohei; and Yamada, Tomotaka 06818380 Cl. 430-270.1.
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