(1915- ) Film director. Born in Mie Prefecture. Known particularly for his cinematic adaptations of Japanese literary works including Kokoro (1955), based on the novel of the same name by Natsume Sōseki; Enjō (1958, Conflagration), based on the Mishima Yukio novel Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavillion); and Kagi (1959, The Key; shown abroad as Odd Obsession) and Sasameyuki (1983, The Makioka Sisters), both based on Tanizaki Jun’ichirō novels. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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