Kōki Mitani

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Kōki Mitani
Koki Mitani 20141017 2.jpg
participated in the Opening Event of the Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17, 2014)
Born (1961-07-08) July 8, 1961 (age 57)
Setagaya, Tokyo
NationalityJapanese
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, actor, film director

Kōki Mitani (三谷 幸喜, Mitani Kōki, born July 8, 1961) is a Japanese playwright, screenwriter, actor and film director and was previously married to Japanese actress Satomi Kobayashi. He was named after Taihō Kōki, the youngest sumo wrestler to become yokozuna. He studied dramatics at Nihon University.

In an attempt to add his own character to his movies, as a director he takes most of his scenes with a one-scene=one-shot system, moving the camera around as opposed to cutting. He claims this comes from his experience in theatre, where there are no cuts. Mitani does not use a computer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mitani liked watching TV dramas and puppetries of NHK in his childhood. Especially he was interested in the puppetries "Shin Hakkenden" (新八犬伝) and Sangokushi (三国志), jidaigekis such as Tenka Gomen (天下御免) and Tenka Dōdō (天下堂々), and Taiga Dramas like Kaze to Kumo to Niji to.[2]

He also liked and still likes the works featuring famous detectives includes the Sherlock Holmes series[3] and adored Holmes as a detective.[4] He has whole volume of novels including pastiches, DVDs related to Sherlock Holmes and read all the novels again before adapting it to a puppetry whose setting is laid in a boarding school. In his high school days, he planned to produce a film featuring a detective, loosely based on And Then There Were None and went on location to Enoshima, Kanagawa with his friends, though the film was never unfinished.[3]

Besides he watched many foreign films such as the ones directed by Billy Wilder, 12 Angry Men and The Wages of Fear on TV. He says that he was influenced by them but recent Hollywood comedy films are not as funny as those in the golden age and Japanese comedy becomes better.[1] He is a big fan of Columbo also.

Career[edit]

His works are basically comedies full of wit and humour and with parody. He usually writes a script visualising the actors and actresses close to the characters.

He writes a weekly column for the Asahi Shimbun daily newspaper,[1] in which he often discusses his favorite films, his writing process, and the actors and actresses that he has worked with.

Feature films and TV dramas[edit]

(Note: Many of Mitani's films began as successful plays.)

Theatre works[edit]

Puppetries[edit]

Frequent collaborators[edit]

Actor Furuhata Ninzaburō (1994–2006) Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997) Aikotoba wa Yūki (2000) Minna no Ie (2001) Shinsengumi! (2004)  The Uchōten Hotel (2006) The Magic Hour (2008) Wagaya no Rekishi (2010) A Ghost of a Chance (2011) The Kiyosu Conference (2013) Galaxy Turnpike (2015) Sanada Maru (2016) Kioku ni Gozaimasen (2019)
Toshiyuki Nishida (71) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Fumiyo Kohinata (64) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kōji Yakusho (62) NoN NoN NoN NoN
Keiko Toda (61) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kōichi Satō (57) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN   NoN
Masahiko Nishimura (57) NoN NoN NoN
Yoshimasa Kondo (57) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kiichi Nakai (57) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kenji Anan (56) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Toshiaki Karasawa (55) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Susumu Terajima (55) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Zen Kajihara (52) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Kyōka Suzuki (50) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Eri Fukatsu (45) NoN NoN
Yo Oizumi (45) NoN NoN NoN
Masato Sakai (45) NoN NoN
Koji Yamamoto (42) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Shingo Katori (41) NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN
Yūko Takeuchi (38) NoN NoN
Satoshi Tsumabuki (37) NoN NoN
Haruka Ayase (33) NoN NoN

Honours[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tanaka, Nobuko, "Japan's Mr. Comedy", Japan Times, June 2, 2012, p. 7
  2. ^ 三谷幸喜のありふれた生活14 いくさ上手 松村邦洋との大河フリーク対談 P.248 朝日新聞出版 ISBN 4022514000 ISBN-13: 978-4022514004
  3. ^ a b 『ユリイカ』、青土社、2014年8月増刊、148–154頁
    Eureka August 2014 Extra Edition", Tokyo: Seidosha, 2014, pp.148–154.
  4. ^ 岡崎信治郎・藤田健一編『シャーロックホームズ冒険ファンブック』、小学館、2014年、21頁。
    Shinjirō Okazaki and Kenichi Fujita (ed.) Sharokku Hōmuzu bōken fan bukku(Guidebook of "Sherlock Holmes"), Tokyo, Shogakukan, 2014, p.21.

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