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Type: Director
Nationality: Japanese
Date of Birth: 03/23/1910




 

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I make films about things that I really find fascinating.
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In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
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Cinema is like a public square.
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I suppose all of my films have a common theme. If I think about it, though, the only theme I can think of is really a question: Why can't people be happier together?
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Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
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Cinema is a truly valuable means of connecting people.
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I have never thought about discovering my direction. What concerns me most is being natural.
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Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.
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In all my films, there's three or maybe four minutes of real cinema.
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I take plenty of time for thorough preparation. When you prepare properly, you don't waste time on the set.
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As I depict what fascinates me, a human portrait unfolds.
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I love "War and Peace" and have read it countless times.
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I always remain natural and follow my instincts when I work.
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The role of the artist is to not look away.
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I can't afford to hate anyone. I don't have that kind of time.
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I work really quickly, though everyone seems to think otherwise.
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If you try to present some kind of theory in your film, you will fail to depict anything.
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Critics may read whatever they like into my films, but I don't make movies as deliberately as they think.
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When you tackle a great work of literature, you make some amazing discoveries.
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I am not good at explaining things.
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I planned to become a painter, so I studied painting. But at a certain point I realized I could not express some things through pictures alone.
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The film that made the greatest impression was "La roue" by Abel Gance. It made me think cinema was wonderful.
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In my earlier films, it felt like I was putting in everything I had learned. But with "Drunken Angel" I suddenly felt sort of liberated. It felt like I got bolder.
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Making illustrations helps me visualize concrete images, which you need to direct in a film.
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As I consider different ways of shooting a film, I draw images that come to me using the tools at hand.
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