25 January 1950|
Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
20 December 2011 (aged 61)|
|Awards||Best Director, Japanese Academy Awards 2004|
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. 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.
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) and the award for best screenplay at the 18th Yokohama Film Festival for Haru (1996). Sanjuro (2007) is a remake of the Kurosawa film
Yoshimitsu Morita died from acute liver failure in Tokyo in December 2011. 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.
- No Yōna Mono (1981)
- Shibugakitai (Boys and Girls, 1982)
- Zūmu Appu: Maruhon Uwasa no Sutorippa (also known as Uwasa no Stripper, 1982)
- Futoku Aishite Fukaku Aishite (Pink Cut, 1983)
- Kazoku Gēmu (The Family Game, 1983)
- Tokimeki ni Shisu (1984)
- Mein tēma (Main Theme, 1984)
- Sorekara (And Then, 1985)
- Sorobanzuku (1986)
- Kanashi Iro Yanen (1988)
- Ai to Heisei no Iro - Otoko (1989)
- Kitchen (1989)
- Oishii Kekkon (Happy Wedding) (1991)
- Mirai no Omoide (Future Memories: Last Christmas, 1992)
- Haru (1996)
- Shitsurakuen (A Lost Paradise, 1997)
- 39 Keihō dai Sanjūkyū jō (Keiho, 1999)
- Kuroi Ie (The Black House, 1999)
- Mohou-han (Copycat Killer, (2002)
- Ashura no Gotoku (Like Asura, 2003)
- Umineko (The Seagull, 2004)
- Mamiya kyodai (The Mamiya Brothers, 2006)
- Sanjuro (2007)
- Southbound (2007)
- Bushi no kakeibo (Abacus and Sword, 2010)
- Watashi dasu wa (It's on Me, 2009)
- Bokukyû: A ressha de iko (Take the "A" Train, 2012)
- "Award-winning Japanese director Morita dies at 61 - Wire Entertainment - Movie News". The Sacramento Bee. Associated Press. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
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- Roger Macy "Yoshimitsu Morita: Director best known for 'The Family Game'", The Independent, 3 January 2012
- "Nihon Eiga Kantoku Kyōkai Shinjinshō" (in Japanese). Directors Guild of Japan. Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- "僕達急行 A列車で行こう" (in Japanese). MovieWalker. Retrieved 2014-04-12. External link in