Toshio Sugie

Toshio Sugie (杉江敏男, Sugie Toshio, 24 September 1913 – 10 October 1996) was a Japanese film director. He directed films from the 1940s to the 1960s.


Sugie was born in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture (currently Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City). After graduating from the Waseda University, Sugie joined P.C.L/Photo Chemical Laboratory (latter became Toho) in 1937. He worked as an assistant director for Kajiro Yamamoto, Shiro Toyoda, Yasujiro Shimazu, Mikio Naruse, and Akira Kurosawa. In 1950, he directed his first feature film, The Gate of Tokyo. Since then, Sugie directed romance dramas ("I Can't Say The Person's Name" and "Oblivion Petals"), youth movies such as "Janken Musume", " He even supported Toho as a location director who filmed in various places with the comedy starring the "Company President Series" and Crazy Cats.

Even on a public basis, mass production in the Japanese art world, with 6 in 1955, 7 in 1956, 5 in 1957, 4 in 1958, 4 in 1959, 5 in 1960, 6 in 1961 ... In that times, he continued to produced projects that came from the company one after another without a break, and left 68 directing works in less than 20 years. He was the flagship of program pictures centered on so-called comedy films and youth films, but Sugie himself said he wanted to direct suspense films, such as "Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku" and "Death on the Mountain". Suspense works, which are rare among the director's works, are still highly evaluated.

From the latter half of the 1960s, the number of directors of theatrical films decreased due to the sunshine of the Japanese film industry, and he moved to the Toho TV Club to direct TV dramas.



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