Kazuo Mori

Kazuo Mori (森一生 Mori Kazuo, January 15, 1911, Matsuyama – June 29, 1989)[1] was a Japanese film director who primarily worked in popular genres like the jidaigeki.


Born in Ehime Prefecture, Mori graduated from Kyoto University[1] before joining Nikkatsu's Uzumasa studio in 1933.[2] A favorite of the producer Masaichi Nagata, he followed him to Daiichi Eiga and Shinkō Kinema before getting a chance to direct in 1936 with Adauchi hizakurige.[2] When Shinkō Kinema was merged with other studios to form Daiei Film, Mori became one of Daiei's core directors of genre films, making primarily samurai films with stars such as Raizō Ichikawa, Kazuo Hasegawa, and Shintaro Katsu.[2] While not an auteur, he was a solid craftsman in the genre. After Daiei went bankrupt in the early 1970s, Mori continued directing jidaigeki on television. He directed over 130 films in his career.[3] The National Film Center in Tokyo did a retrospective of his works in 2011 in celebration of his centenary.[2]




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  2. 1 2 3 4 "Seitan hyakunen eiga kantoku Mori Kazuo". National Film Center. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
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