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Toyoda Shiro

(1906-77). Film director. Born in Kyoto. Toyoda was involved in the junbungaku (pure literature) movement, a loosely organized group of directors who tried to bring works of serious literature to the screen. Notable works include Gan (1953, The Wild Geese; shown abroad as The Mistress), an adaptation of a Mori Ōgai novel; Yukiguni (1957, Snow Country), from the novel by Kawabata Yasunari; and Amai ase (1964, Sweet Sweat). (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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