Sadao Yamanaka, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Sadao Yamanaka

Japanese film director

Date of Birth: 07-Nov-1909

Place of Birth: Kyoto, Kyōto Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 17-Sep-1938

Profession: screenwriter, film director

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


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About Sadao Yamanaka

  • Sadao Yamanaka (?? ??, Yamanaka Sadao, November 7, 1909 – September 17, 1938) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter who directed 26 films between 1932 and 1938.
  • He was a contemporary of Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi and one of the primary figures in the development of the jidaigeki, or historical film.
  • Yamanaka died of dysentery in Manchuria after being drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army.
  • He is the uncle of the Japanese film director Tai Kato, who wrote a book about Yamanaka, Eiga kantoku Yamanaka Sadao. Only three of his films survive in nearly complete form.
  • While long considered a master filmmaker in his native Japan, interest in Yamanaka's work redeveloped after the restoration and Japanese DVD release of the three surviving films.
  • His most internationally discussed film, Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937), was given its first non-Japanese DVD release in the UK as a Masters of Cinema release.

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