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Kenji Mizoguchi
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Filmmaker
    (May 16, 1898-August 24, 1956)
    Born in Tokyo, Japan
    Directed 'The Adventures of Arsene Lupin' (1923), 'The Morning Sun Shines' (1929), 'Tokyo March' (1929), 'The Water Magician' (1933), 'Osaka Elegy' (1936), 'Sisters of the Gion' (1936), 'The Story of the Last Chysanthemums' (1939), 'The 47 Ronin' (1941), 'The Life of Oharu' (1952), 'Ugetsu' (1953), 'Sansho the Bailiff' (1954), 'Tales of the Taira Clan' (1955) and 'Princess Yang Kwei-Fei' (1956)
    He would drag his wife around by the hair during arguments.
    After his wife was committed to an asylum, he proposed to her sister.
    More than half the films he made are lost.
    Like Kubrick, he was a perfectionist who would put the cast and crew through endless retakes.
    For his later historical epics, he would insist on decorating the sets with actual antiques instead of props.
    He said, 'I have not yet made a film that pleases me.'
    In adolescence, he suffered crippling rheumatoid arthritis that forced him to spend nearly an entire year in bed and left him with a lopsided gait when he walked.
    His films often focused on the struggles of women in a patriarchal society, leading some critics to call him 'the first major feminist director.'
    He was a favorite director of French 'New Wave' filmmakers, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette.
    His movie 'Ugetsu,' was named one of the ten best films of all time in 'Sight and Sound' magazine's once-per-decade poll of critics in 1962 and 1972.

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