30 December 1905|
|Died||21 May 1980
|Occupation||director, screenwriter, producer, actor|
1958 Rickshaw Man
Born in Tokyo as the son of a shinpa actor, Inagaki appeared on stage in his childhood before joining the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1922. Wishing to become a director, he joined Chiezō Kataoka's Chiezō Productions and made his directorial debut in 1928 with Tenka taiheiki. Returning to Nikkatsu, he continued making jidaigeki and participated in the Naritaki Group of young filmmakers such as Sadao Yamanaka and Fuji Yahiro who collaboratively wrote screenplays under the made up name "Kinpachi Kajiwara". Like others in the group, Inagaki was known for his cheerful and intelligent samurai films. Inagaki later moved to Daiei and then Toho, where he made big budget color spectacles as well as delicate works depicting the feelings of children. He also produced many films and wrote the scripts for dozens of others.
His 1943 film Muhōmatsu no isshō was selected as the 8th best Japanese film of all time in a 1989 poll of Japanese critics and filmmakers. The 1958 remake, Rickshaw Man, won the Golden Lion award at that year's Venice Film Festival. His 1954 film Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto won the honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Tenka taiheiki (天下太平記) (1928)
- Hōrō zanmai (放浪三昧) (1928)
- Muhōmatsu no isshō (無法末の一生) (1943)
- Noroshi wa Shanghai ni agaru (狼火は上海に揚る 春江遺恨 literally: Signal Fires of Shanghai) (1944)
- Sword for Hire (戦国無頼 Sengoku burai) (1952)
- Samurai Trilogy
- The Lone Journey aka The Road (旅路 Tabiji) (1955)
- Arashi (嵐) (1956)
- Yagyu Secret Scrolls (柳生武芸帳 Yagyū Bugeichō) (1957)
- Rickshaw Man (無法末の一生) (1957)
- Yagyu Secret Scrolls part II (柳生武芸帳 双龍秘剣 Yagyū Bugeichō–Sōryū hiken) aka Ninjitsu (1958)
- The Birth of Japan (日本誕生, Nippon Tanjō), also called The Three Treasures (1959)
- Life of an Expert Swordsman (或る剣豪の生涯 Aru kengō no shōgai) (1959)
- The Story of Osaka Castle (大阪城物語 Ōsaka-jō monogatari) (1961) with Toshiro Mifune
- Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki (忠臣蔵 花の巻 雪の巻) (1962) with Toshiro Mifune
- Sasaki Kojiro—Zenpen: Fuun Osaka-jo Kohen: Ketto Ganryushima (aka Kojiro) (1967)
- Samurai Banners (風林火山 Fūrin Kazan) (1969)
- Machibuse (待ち伏せ) (1970)
- Shinsengumi (新選組) (1969)
- Inagaki, Hiroshi (1978). Nihon eiga no wakaki hibi. Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha.
- "Inagaki Hiroshi". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus. Kōdahsha. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Hiroshi Inagaki Retrospective at his Centenary". National Film Center. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- Bungei Shunjū, ed. (1989). Nihon eiga besuto 150. Tokyo: Bungei Shunjū. ISBN 4-16-811609-3.
- Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
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