Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. “World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945”. Pages 819-826. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Came from a poor background and worked his way up from prop man at the Shochiko company in 1920, to full director ten years later. Had his best period in the 1950′, becoming known for his depiction of contemporary social problems, particularly the role of women in Japanese society.
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