Yamada Yoji

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  • Native name: 山田洋次
  • Also Known as: やまだ ようじ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 13, 1931
  • Age: 87

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Yamada Yoji

  • Name: Yamada Yoji
  • Native name: 山田洋次
  • Also Known as: やまだ ようじ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 13, 1931
  • Age: 87
Yoji Yamada is a Japanese film director best known for his Otoko wa Tsurai yo series of films and his Samurai Trilogy (The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade and Love and Honor).

He was born in Osaka. But because of the work of his father, who was an engineer for the South Manchuria Railway, from the age of 2 he was brought up in Manchuria. Following the end of World War II, he came back to Japan and subsequently he lived in Yamagata Prefecture. After receiving his degree from Tokyo University in 1954, he entered Shochiku and worked under Yoshitaro Nomura as a scriptwriter or as an assistant director.

He has won many awards throughout his lengthy career and is well respected in Japan and by critics throughout the world. He wrote his first screenplay in 1958 and directed his first movie in 1961. Yamada continues to make movies to this day. His movies have won the Best Picture award at the Japanese Academy Awards four times: in 1977 for The Yellow Handkerchief, in 1991 for My Sons, in 1993 for A Class to Remember, and in 2002 for The Twilight Samurai, which was nominated for the 76th Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film. He has won the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year three times. His 1984 film Tora-san's Forbidden Love was nominated for the Golden Prize at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival. His 2004 film, The Hidden Blade, was nominated for sixteen awards and won three.

In 2010 Yoji Yamada was honoured at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival with a screening of his latest film Ototo during the awards ceremony, as well as receiving a Berlinale Camera award for his numerous contributions to the festival's program.

He once served as president of the Directors Guild of Japan and is currently a guest professor at Ritsumeikan University.
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
2018 Harukanaru Yama no Yobigoe
Special
7.9
2018 Brother & Sister
Special
7.7
2007 Free and Easy 18
Movie
0.0
2006 Free and Easy 17
Movie
0.0
2005 Free and Easy 16
Movie
0.0
2004 Free and Easy 15: No Tomorrow For Hama-Chan
Movie
0.0
2003 Free and Easy 14
Movie
0.0
2002 Free and Easy 13; Hama-chan in a Big Trouble
Movie
0.0
2001 Free and Easy 12: Big Holidays Bonus Project
Movie
0.0
2000 Free and Easy 11
Movie
0.0
1998 Free and Easy: Samurai Edition
Movie
0.0
1998 Free and Easy 10
Movie
0.0
1997 Free and Easy 9
Movie
0.0
1996 Free and Easy 8
Movie
0.0
1994 Free and Easy 7
Movie
0.0
1993 Free and Easy 6
Movie
0.0
1992 Free and Easy 5
Movie
0.0
1991 Free and Easy 4
Movie
0.0
1990 Free and Easy 3
Movie
0.0
1989 Free and Easy 2
Movie
0.0
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2019 Tora-san 50: Welcome Back
Movie
0.0
2010 Kyoto Story
Movie
6.8
2004 The Hidden Blade
Movie
8.1
2000 A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen
Movie
0.0
1998 A Class to Remember 3: The New Voyage
Movie
0.0
1996 The Man Who Caught the Rainbow
Movie
0.0
1996 A Class to Remember 2: The Learning Circle
Movie
0.0
1993 A Class to Remember
Movie
0.0
1991 My Sons
Movie
8.5
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2018 What A Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life
Movie
8.2
2017 What A Wonderful Family! 2
Movie
7.8
2016 What A Wonderful Family!
Movie
7.4
2015 Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
Movie
8.6
2014 The Little House
Movie
7.9
2013 Tokyo Family
Movie
7.7
2010 About Her Brother
Movie
7.1
2008 Kabei: Our Mother
Movie
7.5
2006 Love and Honor
Movie
8.0
2002 The Twilight Samurai
Movie
8.2
1995 Tora-san 48: To the Rescue
Movie
8.0
1994 Tora-san 47: Easy Advice
Movie
8.0
1993 Tora-san 46: Matchmaker
Movie
8.0
1992 Tora-san 45: Makes Excuses
Movie
8.0
1991 Tora-san 44: Confesses
Movie
8.0
1990 Tora-san 43: Takes a Vacation
Movie
8.0
1989 Tora-san 42: My Uncle
Movie
8.0
1989 Tora-san 41: Goes to Vienna
Movie
8.0
1988 Tora-san 40: Salad-Day Memorial
Movie
8.0
1987 Tora-san 39: Plays Daddy
Movie
8.0
1987 Tora-san 38: Goes North
Movie
8.0
1986 Tora-san 37: Bluebird Fantasy
Movie
8.0
1986 Final Take
Movie
0.0
1985 Tora-san 36:Island Encounter
Movie
8.0
1985 Tora-san 35: The Go-Between
Movie
8.0
1984 Tora-san 34: Forbidden Love
Movie
8.0
1984 Tora-san 33: Marriage Counselor Tora-san
Movie
8.0
1983 Tora-san 32: Goes Religious?
Movie
8.0
1983 Tora-san 31: Song of Love
Movie
8.0
1982 Tora-san 30: The Expert
Movie
8.0
1982 Tora-san 29: Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
Movie
8.0
1981 Tora-san 28: Promise
Movie
8.0
1981 Tora-san 27: Love in Osaka
Movie
8.0
1980 Tora-san 26: Foster Daddy, Tora!
Movie
8.0
1980 Tora-san 25: Tropical Fever
Movie
8.0
1980 Tora-san's Tropical Fever
Movie
0.0
1979 Tora-san 24: Dream of Spring
Movie
8.0
1979 Tora-san 23: The Matchmaker
Movie
8.0
1978 Tora-san 22: Talk of the Town Tora-san
Movie
8.0
1978 Tora-san 21: Stage-Struck Tora-san
Movie
8.0
1977 Tora-san 19: Meets His Lordship
Movie
8.0
1976 Tora-san 18: Pure Love
Movie
8.0
1976 Tora-san 17: Sunrise and Sunset
Movie
8.0
1975 Tora-san 16: The Intellectual
Movie
8.0
1975 Tora-san 15: Rise and Fall
Movie
8.0
1974 Tora-san 14: Lullaby
Movie
0.0
1974 Tora-san 13: Lovesick
Movie
8.0
1973 Tora-san 12: Loves an Artist
Movie
8.0
1973 Tora-san 11: Forget Me Not
Movie
8.0
1972 Tora-san 10: Dream Come True
Movie
8.0
1972 Tora-san 9: Dear Old Home
Movie
8.0
1971 Tora-san 8: Love Call
Movie
8.0
1971 Tora-san 7: The Good Samaritan
Movie
8.0
1971 Tora-san 6: Shattered Romance
Movie
7.5
1970 Tora-san 4: Grand Scheme
Movie
8.0
1969 Tora-san 2: Cherished Mother
Movie
8.0
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