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Kinji Fukasaku

1930 - 2003

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Kinji Fukasaku (深作 欣二, Fukasaku Kinji, 3 July 1930 – 12 January 2003) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Known for his "broad range and innovative filmmaking," Fukasaku worked in many different genres and styles, but was best known for his gritty yakuza films, typified by the Battles Without Honor and Humanity series (1973–1976). According to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, "his turbulent energy and at times extreme violence express a cynical critique of social conditions and genuine sympathy for those left out of Japan's postwar prosperity." He used a cinema verite-inspired shaky camera technique in many of his films from the early 1970s.Fukasaku wrote and directed over 60 films between 1961 and 2003. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kinji Fukasaku has received more than 437,670 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Kinji Fukasaku is the 322nd most popular film director (up from 378th in 2019), the 445th most popular biography from Japan (up from 589th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Japanese Film Director.

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Among film directors, Kinji Fukasaku ranks 322 out of 1,581Before him are Sven Nykvist, Paolo Sorrentino, Menahem Golan, Claude Sautet, Jiří Trnka, and Francis Veber. After him are Eldar Ryazanov, Tengiz Abuladze, Saul Bass, Elem Klimov, Jerome Robbins, and Jan de Bont.

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Among people born in 1930, Kinji Fukasaku ranks 122Before him are William C. Campbell, Sergiu Nicolaescu, John Frankenheimer, Rahmon Nabiyev, John Young, and Tanya Savicheva. After him are Ted Hughes, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Frank Lucas, Yves Rocher, Ruth Rendell, and Mary Quant. Among people deceased in 2003, Kinji Fukasaku ranks 69Before him are Michael P. Anderson, Moktar Ould Daddah, Alan Bates, Donald O'Connor, Uday Hussein, and Fred Rogers. After him are Elem Klimov, Michael Jeter, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Kamen, Valeriy Brumel, and Fritz Fischer.

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Among people born in Japan, Kinji Fukasaku ranks 445 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Ninmyō (808), Takeda Sōkaku (1859), Emperor Montoku (827), Morihiro Hosokawa (1938), Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653), and Shiro Misaki (null). After him are Ashikaga Yoshiteru (1536), Hiroyoshi Nishizawa (1920), Rei Kawakubo (1942), Yasuji Okamura (1884), Emperor Go-Horikawa (1212), and Emperor Jomei (593).


Among film directors born in Japan, Kinji Fukasaku ranks 15Before him are Shohei Imamura (1926), Hideaki Anno (1960), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), Ishirō Honda (1911), Mikio Naruse (1905), and Satoshi Kon (1963). After him are Makoto Shinkai (1973), Mamoru Oshii (1951), Kaneto Shindo (1912), Hirokazu Kore-eda (1962), Hiroshi Inagaki (1905), and Kon Ichikawa (1915).