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Takumi Furukawa (古川 卓己, Furukawa Takumi, 27 March 1917 – 4 October 2018) was a Japanese film director.

Takumi Furukawa
Native name
Born(1917-03-27)27 March 1917
Died4 October 2018(2018-10-04) (aged 101)
OccupationFilm director


Born in Tokyo, Furukawa graduated from the College of Art at Nihon University in 1941 and entered the Nikkatsu studio first in the screenwriting division before becoming an assistant director.[1] After serving in the war, he returned to work at Daiei Film before returning to Nikkatsu when it resumed producing films in 1954.[1] While working as an assistant director, he assisted such directors as Tomotaka Tasaka, Kajiro Yamamoto, Akira Kurosawa, and Heinosuke Gosho.[1] He made his directorial debut in 1955 with Jigoku no Yōjinbō, which starred Rentaro Mikuni and for which he wrote the script.[1][2] He is most known for directing Season of the Sun in 1956, which was a box office success and helped launch the career of Yujiro Ishihara.[2][3] His Cruel Gun Story (1964) was released on DVD with English subtitles by Eclipse from the Criterion Collection.[4] He also directed two films in Hong Kong and dramas for television.[1]

Furukawa died of heart failure on 4 October 2018 in a Tokyo hospital at the age of 101.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Watanabe, Takenobu (1988). "Furukawa Takumi". Nihon eiga terebi kantoku zenshū (in Japanese). Kinema Junpō. pp. 357–358.
  2. ^ a b c "101歳大往生「太陽の季節」監督の古川卓己さんが死去". SANSPO (in Japanese). Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (2 November 2012). "Thriving and surviving a tumultuous century". Variety. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ Blakeslee, David (4 January 2014). "A Journey Through the Eclipse Series: Takumi Furukawa's Cruel Gun Story". CriterionCast. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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