Top 20 Japanese film directors

Kosho Li koshori at
Wed Mar 2 00:01:50 EST 2011

The 1995 list included 63 directors and the last one happened to be Yoshimura with 2 votes ranking 45 along with 18 other directors like Kobayashi Masaki and Itami Mansaku.
The 2000 (A) list included 77 directors with the lowest ranking being 37 for those with 2 votes. Yoshimura was regrettably not in the list. 
The 2000 (B) list included 86 directors in 52 rankings. Both Shindo Kaneto and Yoshimura Kosaburo ranked 24. 
H C Li
--- On Tue, 3/1/11, Alexander Jacoby <a_p_jacoby at> wrote:

From: Alexander Jacoby <a_p_jacoby at>
Subject: Re: Top 20 Japanese film directors
To: KineJapan at
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 11:48 PM

Further to my earlier message, my request has now been answered. Thanks, Alo Joekalda, for your assistance!

One question however. Li Hoo Cheong, posting the poll lists in a post dated July 24, 2006, wrote: "Recently I re-read the results of 3 ranking surveys on Japanese directors conducted by "Kinema Junpo" back in 1995 and 2000.  The first was published in issue 1176 (Nov 1995) polling the opinions of mainly film critics.  The later two were published in issue 1320 (Nov 2000), one from 104 well known people (A) and one from 1502 ordinary readers (B). Here are the 3 lists down to the best 20 directors."

Does this mean that the original lists went further down that the best 20 directors? I'm interested in particular in where Yoshimura (not included in the Top 20) ranked, and also where Shindo was on the 1995 and 2000 (B) polls - he takes 12th place on the 2000 (A) poll. Can anyone with immediate access to the relevant issues of KineJun help me?

1995                       2000 (A)               2000 (B)

1  Ozu                       1  Kurosawa            1  Kurosawa
2  Kurosawa                  2  Ozu                 2  Ozu
3  Mizoguchi                 3  Mizoguchi           3  Kinoshita
4  Oshima                    4  Kinoshita           4  Yamada
   Naruse                    5  Naruse              5  Mizoguchi
6  Ichikawa Kon              6  Yamada              6  Ichikawa
7  Kawashima Yuzo            7  Ichikawa            7  Naruse
8  Uchida Tomu                  Uchida              8  Kitano
9  Yamanaka Sadao               Oshima              9  Imai
   Kinoshita Keishuke           Fukasaku            10 Imamura
   Okamoto Kihachi              Kawashima           11 Obayashi Nobuhiko
   Suzuki Seijun             12 Shindo Kaneto          Miyazaki
13 Fukasaku Kinji               Makino Masahiro     13 Uchida
   Kumashiro Tatsumi         14 Imamura Shohei         Oshima
15 Kato Tai                     Okamoto             15 Fukasaku
   Masumura Yasuzo              Kitano Takeshi         Yamanaka
   Yamada Yoji                  Suzuki              17 Kawashima
   Ito Daisuke                  Masumura               Masumura
19 Imai Tadashi              19 Miyazaki Hayao      19 Kumashiro
   Somai Shinji              20 Morita Yoshimitsu      Kobayashi Masaki
                                Yamanaka Sadao

From: Alexander Jacoby <a_p_jacoby at>
To: KineJapan at
Sent: Tue, 1 March, 2011 13:10:48
Subject: Top 20 Japanese film directors

A couple of years ago, a list member posted a list of the Top 20 Japanese film directors. I can't remember whether this was a list voted for by critics or industry members or the general public, and I can't track it down by searching my old Emails. It would be very useful for me today! I wonder if any kind KineJapanner could forward it to me?

From: Maria Jose Gonzalez <tkarsavina at>
To: KineJapan at
Sent: Mon, 28 February, 2011 16:44:08
Subject: Re: Spring Awakens (was: Hideko the Bus Conductor)

Just months before that same year,another "bus" film by Hiroshi Shimizu,"Akatsuki no Gassho" had been released and Naruse was of course very much aware of the comparisons that would arise.
This film deals with yet another conductress and again contains no traces of a country at war (apparently it was filmed in Akita Prefecture which suggests films were moving away from the capital area to avoid it). 


--- On Tue, 1/3/11, Michael Kerpan <mekerpan at> wrote:

From: Michael Kerpan <mekerpan at>
Subject: Spring Awakens (was: Hideko the Bus Conductor)
To: "KineJapan at" <KineJapan at>
Date: Tuesday, 1 March, 2011, 1:12 AM

> This has the feel of a story of the near past, only pretending to be in the present.
This is true of one Naruse's early post-war films.  I get a feeling that this could as easily have been set around 1930 as around the latter 1940s. (This is another of my top 1940s Naruse films). ;~}

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