Sadao Nakajima

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Sadao Nakajima
Born (1934-08-08) August 8, 1934 (age 82)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Film director
In this Japanese name, the family name is Nakajima.

Sadao Nakajima (中島貞夫 Nakajima Sadao?) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter (born 8 August, 1934) known for his work in yakuza films and jidaigeki.


Born in Chiba Prefecture, he attended Hibiya High School and then the University of Tokyo before joining the Tōei studio in 1959.[1] Working at Tōei's Kyoto studio, he served as an assistant director under such directors as Masahiro Makino, Tadashi Imai, and Tomotaka Tasaka.[2] He made his directorial debut in 1964 and won the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award in 1966 for Yakuza (893) gurentai, the first gendaigeki shot at Tōei's Kyoto studio.[3][4] He directed such popular film series as Kogarashi Monjirō and Nihon no don, and also worked on television.[1] His 1985 film Seburi monogatari was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.[5] From 1987 to 2008 he served as a professor of the Osaka University of Arts.[4] He has directed over 60 films in his career.

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  1. ^ a b "Nakajima Sadao". Nihon jinmei daijiten + Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Eiga kantoku Nakajima Sadao intabyū". Bunka kaigi (in Japanese). 19 October 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nihon Eiga Kantoku Kyōkai Shinjinshō" (in Japanese). Directors Guild of Japan. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Eiga kantoku Nakajima Sadao ga kōen". Keiji jānaru (in Japanese). Leaf. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Programme". Retrieved 2011-01-12. 


  • Nakajima, Sadao (2004). Shingo Kōno, ed. Yūgeki no bigaku: eiga kantoku Nakajima Sadao (in Japanese). Tokyo: Waizu Shuppan. ISBN 4-89830-173-8. 

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