Yoshimitsu Morita

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Yoshimitsu Morita
Born 25 January 1950
Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died 20 December 2011(2011-12-20) (aged 61)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Film director
Years active 1981–2011
Spouse(s) Misao Morita
Awards Best Director, Japanese Academy Awards 2004

Yoshimitsu Morita (森田 芳光, Morita Yoshimitsu, 25 January 1950 – 20 December 2011) was a Japanese film director who was born in Tokyo.

Self-taught, first making shorts on 8 mm film during the 1970s, he made his feature film debut with No Yōna Mono (Something Like It, 1981).[2]

In 1983 he won acclaim for his movie Kazoku Gēmu (The Family Game), which was voted the best film of the year by Japanese critics in the Kinema Junpo magazine poll.[3] This black comedy dealt with then-recent changes in the structure of Japanese home life. It also earned Morita the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award.[4]

The director has been nominated for eight Japanese Academy Awards, winning the 2004 Best Director award for Ashura no Gotoku (Like Asura, 2003). He also won the award for best director at the 21st Yokohama Film Festival for 39 keihō dai sanjūkyū jō (Keiho, 2003)[5] and the award for best screenplay at the 18th Yokohama Film Festival for Haru (1996).[6] Sanjuro (2007) is a remake of the Kurosawa film

Yoshimitsu Morita died from acute liver failure in Tokyo in December 2011.[3] His last film Bokukyû: A ressha de iko (Take the "A" Train, 2011), a romantic comedy about two male train enthusiasts, was released in Japan in March 2012.[2][7]



  1. ^ "Award-winning Japanese director Morita dies at 61 - Wire Entertainment - Movie News". The Sacramento Bee. Associated Press. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Mark Schilling "Director Yoshimitsu Morita dies", Chicago Tribune, 21 December 2011
  3. ^ a b Roger Macy "Yoshimitsu Morita: Director best known for 'The Family Game'", The Independent, 3 January 2012
  4. ^ "Nihon Eiga Kantoku Kyōkai Shinjinshō" (in Japanese). Directors Guild of Japan. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  5. ^ 第21回ヨコハマ映画祭 1999年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  6. ^ 第18回ヨコハマ映画祭 1996年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  7. ^ "僕達急行 A列車で行こう" (in Japanese). MovieWalker. Retrieved 2014-04-12.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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