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Jun Ichikawa



Director Jun Ichikawa retains a status as one of the more important and interesting Japanese filmmakers to surface during the late 20th century, emerging as he did in the wake of Mizoguchi and Ozu. Intriguingly, unlike the said directors, Ichikawa approached cinema by treading down an explicitly commercial career path; he established himself in the 1970s as one of the top-ranked directors of television advertisements in Japan, which helped him develop a facility for conveying short narratives (and ideas) in short time spans, and thus neatly paved the way for narrative features. He entered that realm in 1987, first with the acclaimed teen-oriented drama Bu-Su, then with a series of highly regarded dramas that tagged him with a recurrent signature style and thematic emphasis: innately low-key, understated examinations of daily life, in the vein of Ozu and Eric Rohmer. Ichikawa openly acknowledged his debt to these giants; other influences whom he cited ranged from Takeshi "Beat" Kitano (Violent Cop) to Mike Leigh (Naked) to François Truffaut (The Man Who Loved Women). Ichikawa earned particularly sweeping acclaim for three efforts: the gentle, observant domestic drama Tokyo Siblings (1995); the middle-aged relationship chronicle Tokyo Lullaby (1997) (both of the said films explicitly demonstrating Ozu-esque qualities); and the 2004 Tony Takitani, adapted from a story by the stylistically similar Haruki Murakami. Takitani swept up numerous honors, including the Special Jury and FIPRESCI Prizes at the Locarno Film Festival. On a tragic note, Ichikawa suddenly died at age 59 in autumn 2008 while wrapping up work on his feature Buy a Suit. The cause of death was undisclosed.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
56% The Best Offer
  • Woman in Restaurant
2014
No Score Yet Kaisha monogatari: Memories of You
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Kurêpu
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Haru, Bânîzu de
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Tôkyô kyôdai
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Tugumi
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Ôsaka monogatari (Osaka Story)
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Imago Mortis
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Buy A Suit
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Ashita no watashi no tsukurikata (How to Become Myself)
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Cantando dietro i paraventi (Singing Behind Screens)
  • Widow Ching
2003
No Score Yet Singing Behind Screens (Cantando dietro i paraventi)
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Tôkyô Marîgôrudo (Tokyo Marigold)
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Tadon to chikuwa
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Tôkyô yakyoku
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Byôin de shinu to iu koto (Dying at a Hospital)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1993

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