Juzo Itami

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Itami entered films as an actor and made his directing debut with the assured black comedy, "The Funeral" (1984). He followed it with a series of impressive films--particularly the "noodle western" "Tampopo" ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1933 in Japan

Filmography

other (34)

The Drudgery Train 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Marutai no Onna 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marutai no Onna 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marutai no Onna 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Supermarket Woman 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Supermarket Woman 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Daibyonin 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Daibyonin 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

A-Ge-Man 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A-Ge-Man 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

A-Ge-Man 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Marusa no Onna II 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Marusa no Onna II 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Home 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Taxing Woman 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Taxing Woman 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Ososhiki 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ososhiki 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Tampopo 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tampopo 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tampopo 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

MacArthur's Children 1985 (Movie)

Admiral Hatano (Actor)

The Makioka Sisters 1985 (Movie)

Tsuruko's Husband (Actor)

Kazoku Game 1984 (Movie)

Mumata (Actor)

The Politician 1984 (Movie)

Taisuke Itakura (Actor)

Kusameikyu 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mo Hoozue Wa Tsukanai 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Collections Privees 1978 (Movie)

("Le labyrinthe d'herbes") (Actor)

Wagahai wa neko de aru 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lord Jim 1965 (Movie)

Waris (Actor)

55 Days at Peking 1963 (Movie)

Colonel Shiba (Actor)

The Big Wave 1962 (Movie)

Toru (Actor)

Biography

Itami entered films as an actor and made his directing debut with the assured black comedy, "The Funeral" (1984). He followed it with a series of impressive films--particularly the "noodle western" "Tampopo" (1986)--that have gained him international acclaim and a host of Japanese Academy Awards. His action comedies, "A Taxing Woman" (1987) and "A Taxing Woman's Return" (1988), have proved popular in the USA, despite the fact that their heroine--played by Itami's wife, Nobuko Miyamoto--is a tax inspector possessed of considerable detective powers. In 1992, he was attacked and had his face slashed after the release of "Minbo--or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion", a satire on the Japanese gangsters. His tenth film, "Marutai no Onna/A Woman in Police Protection", was released in 1997 months before he committed suicide.

Relationships

Mansaku Itami

Father
died in 1946

Manpeii Itami

Son
survived him

Mansaku Itami

Son
survived him

Nobuko Miyamoto

Wife
starred in some of husband's films survived him

Kenzaburo Oe

Brother-In-Law
Nobel Prize-winning novelist

Milestones

1997

Final film, his tenth, "Marutai no Onna/A Woman in Police Protection"

1992

Slashed on the face by members of the yakuza after release of "Minbo--or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion"

1986

Earned international acclaim for "Tampopo"

1984

Film directing debut with "The Funeral"

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