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Also Known As: Ichizu Itami, Yoshihiro Ikeuchi Died: December 20, 1997
Born: March 15, 1933 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Japan Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, commercial artist, essayist

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Marutai no Onna (1997) Director
2.
  Supermarket Woman (1996) Director
3.
  Daibyonin (1995) Director
5.
  A-Ge-Man (1990) Director
6.
  Marusa no Onna II (1988) Director
7.
  Ososhiki (1987) Director
8.
  Taxing Woman, A (1987) Director
9.
  Tampopo (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Macarthur's Children (1985) Admiral Hatano
2.
 Kusameikyu (1984)
3.
 Kazoku Game (1984) Mumata
4.
 Politician, The (1984) Taisuke Itakura
5.
 Makioka Sisters, The (1983) Tsuruko'S Husband
6.
7.
 Collections Privees (1979) ("Le Labyrinthe D'Herbes")
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1984:
Film directing debut with "The Funeral"
1986:
Earned international acclaim for "Tampopo"
1992:
Slashed on the face by members of the yakuza after release of "Minbo--or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion"
1997:
Final film, his tenth, "Marutai no Onna/A Woman in Police Protection"
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wife:
Nobuko Miyamoto. Actor. Starred in some of husband's films; survived him.

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father:
Mansaku Itami. Film pioneer. Died in 1946.
brother-in-law:
Kenzaburo Oe. Author. Nobel Prize-winning novelist.
son:
Mansaku Itami. Survived him.
son:
Manpeii Itami. Survived him.
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