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Hiroshi Inagaki

Hiroshi Inagaki
Born (1905-12-30)December 30, 1905
Tokyo, Japan
Died May 21, 1980(1980-05-21) (aged 74)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation director, screenwriter, producer, actor
Years active 1923–1969
Awards Golden Lion
1958 Rickshaw Man

Hiroshi Inagaki (稲垣 浩 Inagaki Hiroshi, 30 December 1905 – 21 May 1980) was a Japanese filmmaker most known for the Academy Award-winning Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto, which he directed in 1954.


  • Career 1
  • Recognition 2
  • Selected filmography 3
    • Director 3.1
    • Producer 3.2
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922.[1] Wishing to become a director, he joined Chiezō Kataoka's Chiezō Productions and made his directorial debut in 1928 with Tenka taiheiki. Returning to Nikkatsu, he continued making jidaigeki and participated in the Naritaki Group of young filmmakers such as Sadao Yamanaka and Fuji Yahiro who collaboratively wrote screenplays under the made up name "Kinpachi Kajiwara".[2] Like others in the group, Inagaki was known for his cheerful and intelligent samurai films.[2] Inagaki later moved to Daiei and then Toho, where he made big budget color spectacles as well as delicate works depicting the feelings of children.[2] He also produced many films and wrote the scripts for dozens of others.


His 1943 film Muhōmatsu no isshō was selected as the 8th best Japanese film of all time in a 1989 poll of Japanese critics and filmmakers.[3] The 1958 remake, Rickshaw Man, won the Golden Lion award at that year's Venice Film Festival. His 1954 film Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto won the honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Selected filmography




  • Inagaki, Hiroshi (1978). Nihon eiga no wakaki hibi. Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha. 


  1. ^ "Inagaki Hiroshi". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus. Kōdahsha. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hiroshi Inagaki Retrospective at his Centenary". National Film Center. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Bungei Shunjū, ed. (1989). Nihon eiga besuto 150. Tokyo: Bungei Shunjū.  
  4. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 237.  

External links

  • Hiroshi Inagaki at the Internet Movie Database
  • "稲垣浩 (Inagaki Hiroshi)" (in Japanese).  
  • Hiroshi Inagaki's grave
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