Yamamoto Satsuo

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Yamamoto Satsuo


Born July 15, 1910, in Kagoshima. Japanese motion-picture director.

Yamamoto made his directing debut with Your Daughter (1937). In 1939 he was inducted into the army. In 1947 he collaborated with F. Kameyi on War and Peace, which seethes with hatred for war and fascism. Yamamoto was one of the initiators of the movement of independent film-makers in the 1950’s. He dealt with controversial political and social matters in such films as Vacuum Zone (1952), Sunless Street (1954), Song of the Cart (1959), and Battle Without Weapons (1960). His other important films include The Ivory Tower (1966), which was awarded a prize at the Fifth International Film Festival in Moscow, and War and People (1970–73), a historical epic in three parts based on the novel by D. Gomikawa. Other noted films of Yamamoto include The Family (1974), Solar Eclipse (1975), and The History of Suiko of the Tempo Era (1976).


Iwasaki Akira. Istoriia iaponskogo kino. Moscow, 1966. (Translated from Japanese.)
Gens, I. “Nadezhda iaponskogo kino.” Iskusstvo kino, 1966, no. 9.
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The Japanese Film Week was also held as part of the anniversary celebration, in the course of which seven films were shown directed by the greats of Japanese film, including Masayuki Akehi, Masahiro Shinoda and Yamamoto Satsuo. The event opened with the screening of Satsuo's 1962 film Ninja, a Band of Assassins.