Yasuo Furuhata

Furuhata Yasuo

  • Name: Furuhata Yasuo
  • Native name: 降旗康男
  • Also Known as: ふるはた やすお
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 19, 1934
  • Died: May 20, 2019
Yasuo Furuhata is a Japanese film director, who won the 2000 Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for 'Poppoya'.
A proficient commercial director, Furuhata made his debut with the youth film Bad Girl Yoko (Hikō shōjo Yōko, 1966), about a girl who, along with her boyfriend, escapes Japan by boarding a boat to San Tropez. He truly cut his teeth, however, on two popular series of Toei action pictures: Modern Yakuza (Gendai yakuza), of which he directed two episodes, and Abashiri Prison (Abashiri bangaichi), to which he contributed six. The latter series cemented a productive working relationship with tough-guy star Ken Takakura, and, with its Hokkaido settings, established the director’s penchant for snowbound locations.
Furuhata worked again with Taka­kura on WinterFlower (Fuyunohana, 1978), about a former yakuza looking after the teenage daughter of a fellow gangster for whose death he was responsible. The film’s mood earned comparisons with French crime pictures. Takakura also starred in Station (Eki, 1981), following twelve years in the life and career of a policeman who also competes as an Olympic sharpshooter, and Demon (Yasha, 1985), about an ex-criminal who has left the gangster life to marry and work as a fisherman in a coastal village. Both films centered more on personal drama than on action: Demon was a mature character study, rich in local color and commenting intelligently on the reaction of small communities to such ostensibly urban phenomena as alcohol abuse, gambling, and crime. Though this film included action scenes more typical of a crime thriller, Furuhata also made more straightforwardly dramatic films, often with romantic themes. Love (IzakayaChōji, 1983) charted the enduring passion between former lovers. Buddies (Aun, 1989) was an account of a friendship destroyed by the unspoken love of one friend for the wife of the other; it was set against the backdrop of prewar society and politics, as was WinterCamellia (Kantsubaki, 1992), a story about rival politicians and the yakuza who work for them competing for the favor of a geisha in the provincial city of Kōchi.TimeofWickedness (Manotoki, 1985), considered by Japanese critics to be Furuhata’s masterpiece, was a study of an incestuous relationship between mother and son.
Furuhata’s biggest hit, however, was The Railroad Man (Poppoya, 1999), a sentimental melodrama again starring Takakura as the ageing stationmaster of a declining former mining town in Hokkaido. While expertly made, the film was, in Raymond Durgnat’s phrase, a “male weepie,” idolizing a hero who puts work before family even when his wife and child are dying. Another hit was The Firefly (Hotaru, 2001), a film about the survivors of the kamikaze corps, which examined the role of servicemen from colonized Korea in the war effort. The melodramatic Red Moon (Akai tsuki, 2004) also evoked the war, dramatizing the loves and sufferings of colonists in Manchuria at the time of the Soviet invasion. It was criticized in some quarters for ignoring the cruelties the Japanese inflicted on the local population; Mark Schilling hinted that Furuhata’s implicitly nationalist attitudes have denied him an international reputation. Nevertheless, his consistent commercial and intermittent critical success within Japan suggest that his oeuvre might merit further exploration.

(Source: A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors) Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2017 Memory
Movie
7.0
2016 Tsuioku
Movie
0.0
2013 A Boy Called H
Movie
7.4
2012 Dearest
Movie
7.3
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Movie
7.6
1998 Ieyasu ga Mottomo Osoreta Otoko: Sanada Yukimura
Drama
7.0
1996 Keiji Ou!
Drama
2.0
1995 Kura
Movie
8.0
1995 Ai to Yabo no Dokuganryu: Date Masamune
Special
0.0
1993 Sharaku Satsujin Jiken
Special
0.0
1992 Kantsubaki
Movie
6.3
1991 Don ni Natta Otoko
Movie
0.0
1990 Inheritance
Movie
5.0
1990 Tasmania Story
Movie
8.0
1989 Buddies
Movie
2.0
1989 Gokudo no Onnatachi: Sandaime Anego
Movie
2.0
1989 Shogun's Shadow
Movie
7.0
1988 Tokugawa Ieyasu
Special
7.0
1987 Wakarenu Riyu
Movie
0.0
1987 Muta Keijikan Jiken File 6
Special
0.0
1986 Ame no Hi no Homonsha
Special
0.0
1985 Yasha
Movie
6.8
1985 Muta Keijikan Jiken File 2
Special
0.0
1985 Moment of Demon
Movie
0.0
1983 Choji Snack Bar
Movie
6.4
1983 Muta Keijikan Jiken File 1
Special
0.0
1981 Station
Movie
7.2
1981 Shikake Hito Baian
Movie
0.0
1979 Nihon no Fixer
Movie
0.0
1979 Uwasa no Keiji Tommy to Matsu
Drama
2.0
1979 Honjitsu Tadaima Tanjo
Movie
4.0
1978 Red Clash
Drama
0.0
1978 Winter's Flower
Movie
7.9
1977 Red Ties
Drama
8.0
1977 Red Torrent
Drama
0.0
1976 Red Shock
Drama
7.3
1976 Akai Unmei
Drama
10.0
1976 Daitokai: Tatakai no Hibi
Drama
4.0
1975 Akai Giwaku
Drama
7.8
1975 Oretachi no Kunsho
Drama
0.0
1975 Futari no Jikenbo
Drama
0.0
1974 Onna Ukiyoe: Beninosuke Mairu!
Drama
0.0
1974 Red Maze
Drama
7.3
1974 Detective at Dawn
Drama
2.0
1974 Daitozoku
Drama
3.0
1974 THE BODY-GUARD
Drama
0.0
1973 The Water Margin
Drama
7.9
1972 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Arashi Yobu Dampu Jingi
Movie
0.0
1971 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi Arashi o Yobu Shiretokomisaki
Movie
0.0
1971 Gorotsuki Mushuku
Movie
0.0
1970 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Fubuki no Hagure Ohkami
Movie
0.0
1970 Rise and Fall of Chivalry
Movie
0.0
1970 Brave Red Flower of the North
Movie
0.0
1968 Gokuchu no Kaoyaku
Movie
6.5
1968 Nihon Kenkaku Den 1
Special
0.0
1966 Glorious Fights
Movie
6.5
1966 Pretty Devil Yoko
Movie
4.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2007 The Haunted Samurai
Movie
7.0
2004 Akai Tsuki
Movie
6.7
2001 The Firefly
Movie
8.0
1999 Railroad Man
Movie
7.7
1971 Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Fubuki no Daidasso
Movie
0.0
1967 Parole
Movie
0.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2016 Ken San
Japanese Movie, 2016,
[Himself] (Guest Role)
[Himself]
Guest Role
1.0
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  • First Name: Yasuo
  • Family Name: Furuhata
  • Native name: 降旗康男
  • Also Known as: ふるはた やすお
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 19, 1934
  • Died: May 20, 2019

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