Kenji Mizoguchi

1898 - 1956

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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二, Mizoguchi Kenji, 16 May 1898 – 24 August 1956) was a Japanese filmmaker who directed roughly one hundred films during his career between 1923 and 1956. His most acclaimed works include The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939), The Life of Oharu (1952), Ugetsu (1953), and Sansho the Bailiff (1954), with the latter three all being awarded at the Venice International Film Festival. A recurring theme of his films was the oppression of women in historical and contemporary Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kenji Mizoguchi has received more than 645,525 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Kenji Mizoguchi is the 112th most popular film director (down from 94th in 2019), the 109th most popular biography from Japan (down from 78th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Japanese Film Director.

Kenji Mizoguchi is most famous for his films, which are known for their long takes and poetic imagery.

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Over the past year Kenji Mizoguchi has had the most page views in the with 76,537 views, followed by Japanese (75,813), and French (15,132). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Marathi (341.00%), Swedish (329.52%), and Malagasy (105.61%)


Among film directors, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 112 out of 2,041Before him are Joris Ivens, John Carpenter, Robert Altman, David Fincher, John Huston, and Terrence Malick. After him are Otar Iosseliani, Manoel de Oliveira, Jules Dassin, Peter Jackson, Jerzy Grotowski, and David Lean.

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Among people born in 1898, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 40Before him are Trofim Lysenko, Karl Hermann Frank, Peng Dehuai, Alexander Calder, Joris Ivens, and Aloysius Stepinac. After him are Georges Dumézil, Therese Neumann, Latife Uşşaki, Konrad Henlein, Vicente Aleixandre, and Héctor Scarone. Among people deceased in 1956, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 23Before him are Konstantin Päts, Alexander Rodchenko, Bela Lugosi, Reinhold Glière, H. L. Mencken, and Josef Hoffmann. After him are Bolesław Bierut, Anastasio Somoza García, Wilhelm Miklas, Joseph Wirth, Alexander Dovzhenko, and Émile Borel.

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Among people born in Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 109 out of 6,245Before him are Joan Fontaine (1917), Kunishige Kamamoto (1944), Hiroto Muraoka (1931), Sei Shōnagon (966), Okita Sōji (1842), and Emperor Go-Momozono (1758). After him are Emperor Kōshō (-505), Fumimaro Konoe (1891), Abe no Seimei (921), Tarō Asō (1940), Emperor Nakamikado (1702), and Emperor Nintoku (290).


Among film directors born in Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 6Before him are Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Yasujirō Ozu (1903), Isao Takahata (1935), and Takeshi Kitano (1947). After him are Shohei Imamura (1926), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Nagisa Oshima (1932), Hirokazu Kore-eda (1962), Hideaki Anno (1960), and Franklin J. Schaffner (1920).