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Yasuzo Masumura (増村 保造, Masumura Yasuzō, August 25, 1924 – November 23, 1986) was a Japanese film director.

Yasuzo Masumura
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Born(1924-08-25)August 25, 1924
Died23 November 1986(1986-11-23) (aged 62)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter


Masumura was born in Kōfu, Yamanashi. After dropping out of a law course at the University of Tokyo he worked as an assistant director at the Daiei Film studio, later returning to university to study philosophy; he graduated in 1949. He then won a scholarship allowing him to study film in Italy at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia under Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti.[1]

Masumura returned to Japan in 1953. From 1955, he worked as a second-unit director on films directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, Kon Ichikawa and Daisuke Ito, before directing his own first film, Kisses, in 1957.[2] Over the next three decades, he directed 58 films in a variety of genres.[3]


Japanese film critic Shigehiko Hasumi said, "Young and influential filmmaker Shinji Aoyama declared that Masumura is the most important filmmaker in the history of postwar Japanese cinema."[4]



  1. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (April 30, 1998). "Tales of Ordinary Madness: Films by Yasuzo Masumura". Chicago Reader.
  2. ^ Mes, Tom (June 1, 2010). "Yasuzo Masumura: Passion and Excess". Midnight Eye.
  3. ^ Parkinson, David (September 2005). "Yasuzo Masumura 2005". BBC. Archived from the original on 2006-01-17.
  4. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (March 30, 2001). "Dialogue Between Shigehiko Hasumi and Jonathan Rosenbaum on Howard Hawks and Yasuzo Masumura".

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