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      Juzo Itami

      Juzo Itami

      Highest Rated: 100% Minbo (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 75% A Taxing Woman (1987)

      Birthday: May 15, 1933

      Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan

      Itami entered films as an actor and made his directing debut with the assured black comedy, "The Funeral" (1984). He followed it with a series of impressive films--particularly the "noodle western" "Tampopo" (1986)--that have gained him international acclaim and a host of Japanese Academy Awards. His action comedies, "A Taxing Woman" (1987) and "A Taxing Woman's Return" (1988), have proved popular in the USA, despite the fact that their heroine--played by Itami's wife, Nobuko Miyamoto--is a tax inspector possessed of considerable detective powers. In 1992, he was attacked and had his face slashed after the release of "Minbo--or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion," a satire on the Japanese gangsters. His tenth film, "Marutai no Onna/A Woman in Police Protection," was released in 1997 months before he committed suicide.

      Highest rated movies

      The Makioka Sisters poster
      The Makioka Sisters



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman in Witness Protection Director,
      - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Supermarket Woman Director,
      - 1996
      No Score Yet 67% Sûpâ no onna (Supermarket Woman) Director - 1996
      100% 67% Minbo Director - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Anti-Extortion Woman Director,
      - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of a Golden Geisha Director,
      - 1990
      No Score Yet 86% A Taxing Woman's Return Director - 1988
      75% 86% A Taxing Woman Director - 1987
      100% 93% Tampopo Director,
      $224.1K 1985
      No Score Yet 77% Family Game Mr. Numata (Voice) - 1984
      No Score Yet 85% The Funeral Director,
      - 1984
      100% 69% The Makioka Sisters Tatsuo (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 89% Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth) Unknown (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am a Cat Meitei (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 59% Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance Ransui Tokunaga (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flame of Devotion Takuji Yoshii (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rubber Band Pistol Take (Character),
      - 1962