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Also Known As: Kaneto Shind Died: May 29, 2012
Born: April 22, 1912 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: Hirosima [Hiroshima], JP Profession: director, production designer, screenwriter

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Art director of the late 1930s who became a scriptwriter in the mid-1940s, establishing a multi-film relationship with director Kimibasuro Yoshimura and contributing to the films of Kenji Mizoguchi, Kon Ichikawa and others. Shindo formed a production company in 1950 with Yoshimura and actress Nobuko Otowa (who starred in many of his films) and turned out works ranging from comedies to horror films.Shindo made his directorial debut with "The Story of a Beloved Wife" (1951) and received international acclaim for his highly personal examination of post-nuclear trauma, "Children of Hiroshima" (1952). Though effective, the film was marred by a heavy-handed sentimentality that has also plagued many of his other efforts.In 1960, Shindo crafted his finest achievement, "The Island", a stark portrait of the daily struggles of an island-dwelling farmer shot entirely without dialogue. Shindo has continued to write, direct and produce mostly glossy, commercially oriented features.

Art director of the late 1930s who became a scriptwriter in the mid-1940s, establishing a multi-film relationship with director Kimibasuro Yoshimura and contributing to the films of Kenji Mizoguchi, Kon Ichikawa and others. Shindo formed a production company in 1950 with Yoshimura and actress Nobuko Otowa (who starred in many of his films) and turned out works ranging from comedies to horror films.

Shindo made his directorial debut with "The Story of a Beloved Wife" (1951) and received international acclaim for his highly personal examination of post-nuclear trauma, "Children of Hiroshima" (1952). Though effective, the film was marred by a heavy-handed sentimentality that has also plagued many of his other efforts.

In 1960, Shindo crafted his finest achievement, "The Island", a stark portrait of the daily struggles of an island-dwelling farmer shot entirely without dialogue. Shindo has continued to write, direct and produce mostly glossy, commercially oriented features.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Owl, The (2003) Director
2.
  Sanmon Yakusha (2000) Director
3.
  Will to Live (1999) Director
4.
  Gogo no yuigonjo (1995) Director
5.
  Chiheisen (1984) Director
6.
  Hokusai Manga (1982) Director
8.
  Lost Sex (1968) Director
9.
  Kuroneko (1968) Director
10.
  Conquest (1966) Director

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1934:
Began film career as assistant art director
1934:
Joined the now-extinct Shinko Kinema studio as an apprentice film developer
1943:
Drafted into the Japanese Imperial Navy; became one of six in his 100-man unit to survive the war
1950:
Formed own independent production company Kindai Eiga Kyokai
1951:
Directorial debut, "The Story of a Beloved Wife"
1961:
Won the Grand Prix at the Moscow international film festival with dialogue-free drama "The Naked Island" (1960)
1964:
Won critical acclaim for erotically charged period piece "Onibaba"
1972:
Headed the Japan Writers' Guild
1972:
Wrote first film in trilogy about a half-Japanese, half-American woman "Rika the Mixed-Blood Girl"
1987:
Wrote Seijiro Koyama's "Hachi-ko"; film later remade into "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" (2009), starring Richard Gere
2006:
Appeared in the documentary "What's a Director?"
2010:
Helmed final film, the WWII drama "Postcard" based on his experience with the Imperial Navy
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