Toyomichi Kurita

Director of photography, Camera assistant
This Japanese-born director of photography is best known for two moody "art" films with director Alan Rudolph in the mid-1980s.

After getting his start in experimental Japanese films, Kurita studied at the American ... Read more »

Born: 01/16/1950 in Japan

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (28)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gama No Abura 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sukiyaki Western Django 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

First Daughter 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Taboo 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cookie's Fortune 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Afterglow 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Infinity 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu 1992 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Convicts 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shadow of China 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blood Red 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Powwow Highway 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hard Rock Zombies 1984 (Movie)

2nd unit director of photography (Director of Photography)

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Grand Isle (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Homecoming (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Woman Undone (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

This Japanese-born director of photography is best known for two moody "art" films with director Alan Rudolph in the mid-1980s.

After getting his start in experimental Japanese films, Kurita studied at the American Film Institute's Center of Advance Film Studies in Los Angeles. While at school, he worked as second unit director of photography on "Hard Rock Zombies" (1983), and later as camera operator on Paul Schrader's docudrama "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985).

Kurita's next two films were his most high-profile: he was director of photography on Alan Rudolph's "Trouble in Mind" (a "new wave" gangster film of 1985 dismissed by some as pretentious), and "The Moderns", a more commercially successful drama about 1920s expatriates in Paris.

Kurita has been director of photography on such other projects as the comedy-adventure "Powwow Highway" (1988), the action/adventure films "Shadow of China" (1990) and "A Rage in Harlem" (1991), the documentary "Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu" (1993), the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) and Matthew Broderick's directorial debut "Infinity" (1996).

Kurita's limited work for American TV includes the "Grand Isle" (TNT, 1992), based on Kate Chopin's "The Awakening", "Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee" (TNT, 1994) and "Woman Undone" and "Homecoming" (both Showtime, 1996).

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

1981

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California 1981 - 1983

Milestones

1983

First American credit, as 2nd unit director of photography on "Hard Rock Zombies"

1978

Began career as camera assistant to experimental Japanese filmmakers Masahiro Shinoda and Shuji Terayama

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