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      Juzo Itami

      Juzo Itami

      Highest Rated: 100% Minbo (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 75% A Taxing Woman (1987)

      Birthday: May 15, 1933

      Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan

      Itami entered films as an actor and made his directing debut with the assured black comedy, "The Funeral" (1984). He followed it with a series of impressive films--particularly the "noodle western" "Tampopo" (1986)--that have gained him international acclaim and a host of Japanese Academy Awards. His action comedies, "A Taxing Woman" (1987) and "A Taxing Woman's Return" (1988), have proved popular in the USA, despite the fact that their heroine--played by Itami's wife, Nobuko Miyamoto--is a tax inspector possessed of considerable detective powers. In 1992, he was attacked and had his face slashed after the release of "Minbo--or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion," a satire on the Japanese gangsters. His tenth film, "Marutai no Onna/A Woman in Police Protection," was released in 1997 months before he committed suicide.

      Highest rated movies

      The Makioka Sisters



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman in Witness Protection Director,
      - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Supermarket Woman Director,
      - 1996
      No Score Yet 67% Sûpâ no onna (Supermarket Woman) Director - 1996
      100% 69% Minbo Director - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Anti-Extortion Woman Director,
      - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of a Golden Geisha Director,
      - 1990
      No Score Yet 86% A Taxing Woman's Return Director - 1988
      75% 86% A Taxing Woman Director - 1987
      100% 93% Tampopo Director,
      $224.1K 1985
      No Score Yet 77% Family Game Mr. Numata (Voice) - 1984
      100% 85% The Funeral Director,
      - 1984
      100% 69% The Makioka Sisters Tatsuo (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 89% Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth) Unknown (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Am a Cat Meitei (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 59% Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance Ransui Tokunaga (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flame of Devotion Takuji Yoshii (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rubber Band Pistol Take (Character),
      - 1962