☼ Born on16 May 1898, in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
† Died on24 August 1956, in Kyoto, Japan, cause leukemia
Biography Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although (click to expand) he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g. The Life of Oharu (1952) or 0047445. He only filmed two productions in color: Princess Yang Kwei-fei (1955) and Taira Clan Saga (1955).
In the role of director
50ans avant Dancer in the Dark, Kenji Mizoguchi osait un portrait de femme dévastée à qui la vie n'épargne aucune horreur. Mais là où Lars Von Trier s'arrête, trouvant dans la mort le facile échappatoire aux souffrances endurées, Mizoguchi va plus loin, explore avec férocité toutes les facettes du désespoir féminin dans Saikaku ichidai […]