Mitsuo Yanagimachi

Mitsuo Yanagimachi

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Mitsuo Yanagimachi (柳町光男 Yanagimachi Mitsuo, born November 2, 1945 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) is an award-winning Japanese screenwriter and film director.


Born in Namegata District, Ibaraki, Yanagimachi attended the Faculty of Law at Waseda University but began studying filmmaking. Working as a freelance assistant director after graduating, he started his own production company in 1974 and produced the documentary film God Speed You! Black Emperor (1976) about bōsōzoku. He made his fiction film debut in 1979 with Jūkyūsai no Chizu. That and the later Himatsuri were based on novels by Kenji Nakagami. His 1982 work Saraba Itoshiki Daichi showed in the Competition at the Berlin Film Festival. His films have often focused on youth (Who's Camus Anyway?), on ethnic minorities in Japan (Ai ni Tsuite, Tokyo), as well as on Asia (Shadow of China and the documentary Tabisuru Pao-jiang-hu).

Yanagimachi was awarded the Geijutsu Senshō Prize in 1985 by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Director filmography

  1. God Speed You! Black Emperor (1976 documentary)
  2. Jūkyūsai no Chizu (1979)
  3. Saraba Itoshiki Daichi (1982)
  4. Himatsuri ("Fire Festival") (1985)
  5. Shadow of China (1990)
  6. Ai ni Tsuite, Tokyo (1992) ()
  7. Tabisuru Pao-jiang-hu (1995 documentary)
  8. Who's Camus Anyway? (2005) ()



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