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Sanezumi Fujimoto (藤本 真澄, Fujimoto Sanezumi, July 15, 1910 – May 2, 1979) was a Japanese film producer. He served as the head of production for Toho Studios.[1] He was co-producer of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress.[2] He also produced many other films, including Yasujirō Ozu's The End of Summer, Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom and Japan's Longest Day and several films directed by Mikio Naruse.[2]

Sanezumi Fujimoto
Born(1910-07-15)July 15, 1910
Yamaguchi, Japan
DiedMay 2, 1979(1979-05-02) (aged 68)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1942–1979

After co-producing The Hidden Fortress, Fujimoto had the task as Toho's head of production of convincing Kurosawa to form his own production company.[1] He had to convince Kurosawa that his own production company would be to his advantage, even though the main reason Toho wanted Kurosawa to form his own production company was to avoid the risk of cost overruns as had happened on The Hidden Fortress.[1] Fujimoto then became a board member of Kurosawa Productions.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Tasogawa, H. (2012). All the Emperor's Men: Kurosawa's Pearl Harbor. Hal Leonard. ISBN 9781557838506.
  2. ^ a b "Sanezumi Fujimoto". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-25.