Early master of Japanese cinema whose more than 100 features include the country's first sound film, "The Neighbor's Wife and Mine" (1931). Many of Gosho's works, through the mid-1930s and again after WWII, deal with common, everyday subjects; these are treated with a mixture of wry wit and sentimentality, and Gosho displays an honest, if simplistic understanding of his (mostly working-class) characters. "An Inn at Osaka" (1954) and "Growing Up" (1955) are prime examples of his work to have reached the West.
From the 1960s Gosho's old-style humanism, like that of contemporaries such as Yasujiro Ozu, seemed increasingly dated and his films generated little commercial interest.
Assistant director to Shimazu
Directed the first Japanese talking picture "The Neighbor's Wife and Mine"
Founded Studio Eight production company