Torajiro Saito

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Torajiro Saito (斎藤 寅次郎 Saitō Torajirō?, January 30, 1905 – May 1, 1982) was a Japanese film director known for his comedy films. Born in Akita Prefecture, he entered Shōchiku's Kamata studio in 1922 and debuted as a director in 1926.[1] He later worked at the Shintoho and Toho studios.[1] He became known as the "god of comedy" for directing over 200 films, many of which were nonsense comedies featuring famous clowns such as Kenichi Enomoto, Roppa Furukawa, and Junzaburo Ban.[1][2][3]


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  1. ^ a b c "Saitō Torajirō". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kigeki no kamisama Saitō Torajiro" (in Japanese). Laputa. Retrieved 28 November 2010.  Program of 2005 Saitō retrospective.
  3. ^ Joseph L. Anderson, Donald Richie The Japanese Film: Art and Industry 1982 Page 198 "One of the earliest of the postwar comedies was Torajiro Saito's The Emperor's Hat (Tenno no Boshi), made in 1950 and incorporating a plot which before the war would have constituted a severe political crime. A man working in a museum ..."

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