Teinosuke Kinugasa

Teinosuke Kinugasa (衣笠 貞之助, Kinugasa Teinosuke, 1 January 1896 – 26 February 1982) was a Japanese filmmaker. He was born in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture and died in Kyoto. Kinugasa won the 1954 Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival for Gate of Hell.[1]

Teinosuke Kinugasa
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Kinugasa in 1952
Born(1896-01-01)1 January 1896
Kameyama, Mie, Japan
Died26 February 1982(1982-02-26) (aged 86)
Kyoto, Japan
OccupationFilm director, actor


Kinugasa began his career as an onnagata (actor specializing in female roles) at the Nikkatsu studio. When Japanese cinema began using actresses in the early 1920s, he switched to directing and worked for producers such as Shozo Makino, before becoming independent to make his best-known film, A Page of Madness (1926). It was considered lost for 45 years until the director rediscovered it in his shed in 1971. A silent film, Kinugasa released it with a new print and score to world acclaim. He also directed the film Crossroads in 1928. He directed jidaigeki at the Shochiku studios, where he helped establish the career of Chōjirō Hayashi (later known as Kazuo Hasegawa). After the war, he helmed big-budget costume productions for Daiei studios.[1][2]

On February 26, 1982, Kinugasa died at the age of 86.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c "衣笠貞之助 (Teinosuke Kinugasa)". Kotobank (in Japanese). Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "衣笠貞之助 (Teinosuke Kinugasa)". Kinenote (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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