Naruse Mikio

Mikio Naruse

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  • First Name: Mikio
  • Family Name: Naruse
  • Native name: 成瀬巳喜男
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 20, 1905
  • Died: July 2, 1969

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Mikio Naruse

Naruse Mikio

  • Name: Naruse Mikio
  • Native name: 成瀬巳喜男
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 20, 1905
  • Died: July 2, 1969
Mikio Naruse was a Japanese filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed some 89 films spanning the period 1930 (towards the end of the silent period in Japan) to 1967.

Naruse is known for imbuing his films with a bleak and pessimistic outlook. He made primarily shomin-geki (working-class drama) films with female protagonists, portrayed by actresses such as Hideko Takamine, Kinuyo Tanaka, and Setsuko Hara. Because of his focus on family drama and the intersection of traditional and modern Japanese culture, his films are frequently compared with the works of Yasujirō Ozu. His reputation is just behind Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Ozu in Japan and internationally; his work remains less well known outside Japan than theirs.

Among Naruse's most revered films are Late Chrysanthemums (1954), Floating Clouds (1955), and When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960). Akira Kurosawa called Naruse's style of melodrama, "like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths".
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1967 Midaregumo
Movie
8.2
1966 Hit and Run
Movie
10.0
1966 The Stranger Within a Woman
Movie
10.0
1962 Onna no Za
Movie
10.0
1960 Autumn Has Already Started
Movie
0.0
1960 Daughters, Wives and a Mother
Movie
6.0
1960 When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Movie
8.3
1957 Kisses
Movie
8.8
1957 Untamed
Movie
7.0
1956 Flowing
Movie
8.0
1956 A Wife's Heart
Movie
7.3
1955 Floating Clouds
Movie
7.5
1954 Late Chrysanthemums
Movie
5.8
1954 Yama no Oto
Movie
7.7
1952 Lightning
Movie
9.5
1951 Repast
Movie
7.5
1951 Ginza Cosmetics
Movie
7.5
1950 Battle of Roses
Movie
0.0
1950 Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka
Movie
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
1964 Yearning
Movie
8.4
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