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Kōichi Saitō (film director)

Kōichi Saitō 斎藤 耕一, Saitō Kōichi, 3 February 1929 – 28 November 2009 was a Japanese film director and photographer


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Born in Tokyo, Saitō started studying at Rikkyo University but ended up graduating from the Tokyo College of Photography currently Tokyo Polytechnic University He was initially a movie stills photographer at Nikkatsu before launching his own production company, Saito Productions, and directing his first film, Tsubuyaki no Jō, "a low-budget, independent film with a visual flair that earned comparisons with Claude Lelouch and with Richard Lester’s Beatles films, including A Hard Day’s Night" Some of his first films were youth movies featuring Group Sounds music He came to prominence in the early 1970s with a series of movies about young people escaping to or searching for their identity in the countryside He won the best director award at the 1972 Mainichi Film Awards His Tsugaru jongarabushi was selected the best film of 1973 in the Kinema Junpo poll of critics Saitō continued directing into his seventies and also made some documentaries He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2000

Selected filmography

  • Tsubuyaki no Jō 1967
  • Chiisana sunakku 1968
  • Yakusoku 1972; The Rendezvous
  • Tabi no omosa 1972
  • Tsugaru jongarabushi 1973; Tsugaru Folk Song
  • Yadonashi 1974; The Homeless


  1. ^ "Saitō Kōichi" Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus Kōdansha Retrieved 27 June 2011 
  2. ^ a b c "Koichi Saito: film director and photographer" The Times January 25, 2010 Retrieved 27 June 2011 
  3. ^ "1972-nen" Mainichi Konkūru Retrieved 27 June 2011 
  4. ^ Gerow, Aaron "Saito Koichi" Tangemania: Aaron Gerow's Japanese Film Page 29 November 2009 Accessed 29 November 2009
  5. ^ "Haru no hōshō to jokun" Cinema Topics Online 29 April 2000 Retrieved 7 July 2011 

External links

  • Koichi Saito I on IMDb
  • Saitō Kōichi at the Japanese Movie Database in Japanese

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