Okamoto Kihachi

Kihachi Okamoto

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  • First Name: Kihachi
  • Family Name: Okamoto
  • Native name: 岡本喜八
  • Also Known as: おかもと きはち
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: February 17, 1924
  • Died: February 19, 2005

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Kihachi Okamoto

Okamoto Kihachi

  • Name: Okamoto Kihachi
  • Native name: 岡本喜八
  • Also Known as: おかもと きはち
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: February 17, 1924
  • Died: February 19, 2005
Okamoto belonged to what one colleague called "the generation where most of them got killed": the leagues of university graduates who were drafted into and sacrificed to the last years of Japan's war in the South Pacific. Okamoto was drafted during the very worst of it, in 1943, but almost alone among his colleagues managed to survive. The experience helped shape his outlook on the nature of human conflict in general, and the Japanese war in particular: among his earliest successes (which led to a series) was Dokuritsugu Gurentai (1959), an acerbic story of island-bound soldiers that helped make Okamoto's reputation. Okamoto also made a name for himself as a director of equally cynical gangster pictures at Toho, including Boss of the Underworld (1959) and The Age of Assassins (1967). Kihachi Okamoto began his filmic training in 1945 under such estimable teachers as directors Mikio Naruse, Senkichi Taniguchi. and Ishiro Honda. (sourc: IMDB)
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1978 Dynamite Dondon
Movie
0.0
1967 The Age of Assassins
Movie
7.1
1966 The Sword of Doom
Movie
8.3
1965 Samurai Assassin
Movie
8.6
1958 All of Marriage
Movie
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
1995 East Meets West
Movie
0.0
1970 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Movie
8.0
1969 Red Lion
Movie
7.3
1968 The Human Bullet
Movie
9.0
1968 Kill!
Movie
8.7
1965 Chi to Suna
Movie
6.5
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1982 Kidnapping Blues
Japanese Movie, 1982,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
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