(Film Director, 1912-1998) Born in Hamamatsu. 1933, He joins Shochiku Kamata Studios as assistant cinematog-rapher. He is then apprenticed to Yasujiro Shimazu and Kozaburo Yoshimura as assis-tant director. After being repatriated, he debuts as director with “Port of Flowers” ('43), an adaptation of Kazuo Kikuta’s play. He drew attention as an up-and-coming director, together with Toho’s Akira Kurosawa who had also just made his debut with “Sanshiro Sugata” ('43). Post-war, he creates diverse films such as Japan’s first feature-length colour musical “Carmen Comes Home” ('51), and the masterpiece of Japanese film his-tory “Twenty-Four Eyes” ('54), becoming one of the directors supporting Japanese cin-ema.