Azuma Morisaki

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Azuma Morisaki
Born (1927-11-19) 19 November 1927 (age 91)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Azuma Morisaki (森崎 東, Morisaki Azuma, born 19 November 1927) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.


Morisaki was born in Nagasaki Prefecture and graduated from Kyoto University.[1] After editing the film magazine Jidai Eiga, he joined the Shochiku studio in 1956.[2] Moving from the Kyoto to the Ofuna studio, he wrote screenplays for Yoji Yamada's comedies and made his directorial debut in 1969 with Woman Can't Be Beaten.[1][2][3] Known for his earthy, acerbic comedy, he also directed one episode of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. Turning freelance in 1975,[1][2] he continues to make films. His most recent film, Pecoross' Mother and Her Days (2013), was made when he was 86 years old.[4]


Morisaki was given a best new artist award in the film category of the Agency for Cultural Affairs's Geijutsu Senshō art awards for 1970, and then received the Minister of Education's award in the 2004 Geijutsu Senshō.[5] He also received a special grand award for his career at the 25th Yokohama Film Festival in 1994.[6] Pecoross' Mother and Her Days was selected as the best film of 2013 in the critics' polls conducted by both the Kinema Junpo[7] and Eiga Geijutsu magazines.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Morisaki, Azuma (2004). Atama wa Hitotsuzutsu Haikyūsarete Iru. Tokyo: Papirusu Ai. ISBN 478459101X.
  • Morisaki, Azuma (1984). Nippon no Kigeki Eiga. Tokyo: Eiga Shobō.
  • Fujii, Jinshi, ed. (2013). Morisaki Azuma-tō Sengen! = Azuma Morisaki: Films of Laughter, Tears, and Anger. Tokyo: Inscript. ISBN 4900997404.


  1. ^ a b c "Morisaki Azuma". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c 森崎東党宣言!. Load Show (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. ^ Richie, Donald. "Japanese cinema: film style and national character". Center for Japanese Studies Publications. University of Michigan Library. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ 森崎東監督、初日挨拶で86歳誕生日祝福され「まるで映画のよう」. (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Geijutsu Senshō rekidai jushōsha ichiran" (PDF). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ 第16回ヨコハマ映画祭 1994年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  7. ^ "2013-nen Dai 87-kai Kinema Junpo Besuto Ten". Kinenote (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Eiga Geijutsu 2013-nen Nihon Eiga Besuto Ten & Wasuto Ten" (in Japanese). Eiga Geijutsu. Retrieved 30 January 2014.

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