Yutaka Abe

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Yutaka Abe
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Born February 2, 1895
Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Died January 3, 1977(1977-01-03) (aged 81)
Kyoto, Japan
Occupation Actor
Film director
Years active 1915–

Yutaka Abe (阿部 豊 Abe Yutaka?, February 2, 1895 in Miyagi – January 3, 1977 in Kyoto) was a Japanese film director and actor. He went to America to study theater and began acting in Hollywood,[1] appearing in such films as The Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa. He was often billed as "Jack Abbe" or "Jack Yutake Abbe."[2] He returned to Japan in 1925, finding work at the Nikkatsu studio, and soon made his debut as a director.[1] Among his early works was the 1926 silent film The Woman Who Touched the Legs (Ashi ni sawatta onna), a comedy about a writer and a woman thief. This film, along with most of Abe's early work, is now lost.[3] Before and during World War II, Abe directed a number of nationalistic propaganda films including Moyuru ōzora (Flaming Sky) and Ano hata o ute (Fire on That Flag).

After the war, he directed the 1950 film adaptation of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters, a film which brought him commercial success.[3] His later films include the 1959 satirical comedy Season of Affairs (Uwaki no kisetsu).[3]




  • A Mermaid On Land (Riku no ningyo) (1926)
  • The Woman Who Touched the Legs (1926)
  • Five Women Around Him (Kare o meguru gonin no onna) (1927)
  • Children of the Sun (Taiyō no ko) (1938)
  • Moyuru ōzora (燃ゆる大空) (1940)
  • Ano hata o ute (あの旗を撃て−コレヒドールの最後) (1944)
  • The Makioka Sisters (1950)
  • Koibito no iru machi (1953)
  • Battleship Yamato (Senkan Yamato) (1953)
  • Hanran: Ni-ni-roku jiken (1954)
  • Nihon yaburezu (Japan Undefeated) (1954)
  • Season of Affairs (Uwaki no kisetsu) (1959)


  1. ^ a b "Abe Yutaka". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Yutaka Abe". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Jacoby, Alexander (2008). A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-933330-53-2. 

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