Inoue Umetsugu

Aaron Gerow aaron.gerow at
Mon Feb 15 20:07:57 EST 2010

The Asahi reports this morning that the film director and screenwriter  
Inoue Umetsugu passed away on February 11, 2010, of a cerebral  
hemorrhage at the age of 86. Inoue graduated from Keio University and  
entered Shintoho at 1947, debuting as a director in 1952. When  
Nikkatsu returned to film production, Inoue moved there in 1955 and  
became one of the main directors of Nikkatsu Action, working with  
Ishihara Yujiro on Arashi o yobu otoko, Washi to taka, and other hits.  
He turned freelance in 1960 and worked at most of the studios, doing  
everything from melodrama to gang films, but those studying Hong Kong  
cinema have recently focused on the fact that the mid-1960s he was  
invited by Shaw Brothers to come to Hong Kong to direct films. He is  
thus a central figure connecting Japanese cinema with Hong Kong film.  
Inoue was skilled not only at action cinema, but also musicals,  
working with major music stars even into the 1980s, when he made films  
for Johnny's. He also worked a lot on television. His wife was the  
actress Tsukioka Yumeji.

Aaron Gerow
KineJapan owner

Associate Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University

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