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Mizoguchi, Kenji

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Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Film Director

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1898 - Born in Tokyo on the 16th of May.

1913 - His first job was as an advertising designer in Kobe.

1923 - After the Great KantM earthquake on the 1st of September, Mizoguchi moved to Nikkatsu’s Kyoto studios and was working there until a scandal caused him to be temporarily suspended: Yuriko Ichijo, a call girl whom he was co-habiting with, attacked and wounded Mizoguchi's back with a razor-blade.

1936 - His career as a serious director did not begin until Sisters of Gion and Naniwa Elegy.

1939 - The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums won a prize with the Education Department.

1941 - Mizoguchi was forced to make compromises for the military government as propaganda; the most famous is a retelling of the Samurai bushido classic The 47 Ronin, an epic jidai geki.

1956 - Died in Kyoto of leukemia at the age of 58 on the 24th of August.
 

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