Kogo Noda (?? ??, Noda Kogo, November 19, 1893 – September 23, 1968, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan) was a Japanese screenwriter most famous for collaborating with Yasujiro Ozu on many of the director's films.
Born in Hakodate, Noda was the son of the head of the local tax bureau and younger brother to Kyuho, a Nihonga painter.
He moved to Nagoya after completing elementary school and later went to Waseda University.
After graduating, he worked for the city of Tokyo while also serving as a reporter for Katsudo kurabu, one of the major film magazines, using the pen name Harunosuke Midorikawa.
On the recommendation of a scriptwriter friend from junior high, Takashi Oda, he joined the script department at Shochiku after the Great Kanto earthquake.
He soon became one of the studio's central screenwriters, penning for instance Aizen katsura (1938), one of its biggest prewar hits.He is most known for his collaborations with Ozu, which began with Noda supplying the script for the director's first feature Sword of Penitence (1927) and led to such postwar works as Tokyo Story (1953), regarded by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time.
He co-wrote thirteen of Ozu's fifteen postwar films.
When the Writers Association of Japan was formed in 1950, Noda served as its first chair.