Kenji Mizoguchi

1898 - 1956

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Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二, Mizoguchi Kenji, May 16, 1898 – August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Mizoguchi's work is renowned for its long takes and mise-en-scène. According to writer Mark Le Fanu, "His films have an extraordinary force and purity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kenji Mizoguchi has received more than 511,996 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Kenji Mizoguchi is the 103rd most popular film director (up from 104th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Japan (up from 92nd 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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Among film directors, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 103 out of 1,580Before him are Carlos Saura, Wolfgang Petersen, Sidney Lumet, Peter Brook, Andrzej Żuławski, and Michael Curtiz. After him are Robert Altman, Claude Lelouch, Christopher Nolan, Vincente Minnelli, John Carpenter, and Sam Peckinpah.

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Among people born in 1898, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 34Before him are Willy Messerschmitt, Jeanne Hébuterne, Rodion Malinovsky, René Clair, Karl Hermann Frank, and Ahmad Shah Qajar. After him are Aloysius Stepinac, Peng Dehuai, Georges Dumézil, Curzio Malaparte, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, and Fritz Zwicky. Among people deceased in 1956, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 18Before him are Alexander Rodchenko, Robert Walser, Lucien Febvre, Bela Lugosi, Konstantin Päts, and Juho Kusti Paasikivi. After him are Risto Ryti, Émile Borel, A. A. Milne, Reinhold Glière, Josef Hoffmann, and Wilhelm Miklas.

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Among people born in Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 78 out of 5,560Before him are Kenzō Tange (1913), Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Nichiren (1222), Dōgen (1200), and Kane Tanaka (1903). After him are Akira Toriyama (1955), Paulo Miki (1564), Hasekura Tsunenaga (1571), Tomoe Gozen (1157), Emperor Annei (-577), and Tarō Asō (1940).


Among film directors born in Japan, Kenji Mizoguchi ranks 6Before him are Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Isao Takahata (1935), Yasujirō Ozu (1903), and Takeshi Kitano (1947). After him are Nagisa Oshima (1932), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Shohei Imamura (1926), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), Ishirō Honda (1911), and Makoto Shinkai (1973).