Kuroki Kazuo

Kuroki Kazuo

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Kuroki Kazuo was a Japanese film director who was particularly known for his films on World War II and the question of personal guilt.

While Kuroki was often listed as being born in Miyazaki Prefecture, he was actually born in Matsusaka, Mie. He attended Doshisha University, but left before graduating, instead finding employment at Iwanami Productions (Iwanami Eiga). There he directed PR films and documentary films, while also participating in the "Blue Group" (Ao-no kai) with other Iwanami filmmakers such as Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Shinsuke Ogawa, and Yoichi Higashi, a group that was exploring new paths in documentary. Kuroki left Iwanami after experiencing conflicts with the sponsors of his Hokkaido, My Love (1960), and it was his Record of a Marathon Runner (1964) that helped spark changes in the Japanese documentary world.

Kuroki switched to fiction film, independently producing Silence Has No Wings (1966) and showing it at the Art Theatre Guild. He became one of the representative figures of ATG and independent Japanese cinema, and was particularly known for a series of works dealing with the atomic bombings of Japan, such as Tomorrow (1988) and The Face of Jizo (2004). These were in part spurred by his growing up near the city of Nagasaki (Miyazaki). Kuroki's work also dealt with his own feelings of guilt from the war, as he felt responsible when some of his fellow students, who had been conscripted to work in a local factory, died in Allied bombings and he did not help.

Director (24 credits)

2006 Kamiya Etsuko-no seishun

2004 The Face of Jizo

2002 A Boy's Summer in 1945

2000 Pickpocket

1990 Ronin-gai

1989 Boku no iru machi (Documentary short)

1988 Tomorrow

1983 Namidabashi

1981 Jūmanbun no ichi-no guzen (TV Movie)

1980 Keishi-K (TV Series)

1980 Yūgure made

1976-1979 Zatōichi monogatari (TV Series) (3 episodes)

- The Stage That Surrounds Human Nature (1979)

- Journey of the Butterfly (1979)

- The Ghost That Called to Ichi (1976)

1978 Genshiryoku senso

1976 Fufu tabi nikki saraba ronin (TV Series)

1975 Preparation for the Festival

1974 Ryoma ansatsu

1973 Kyofu gekijo umbalance (TV Series) (1 episode)

- Yo ga aketara (1973)

1970 Nippon no akuryo

1969 Kyuba no koibito

1966 Silence Has No Wings

1963 Aru marason ranna-no kiroku (Documentary)

1962 Waga ai Hokkaido

1960 Ruporutaju honoo

1959 Kaiheki

Chichi to Kuraseba
The Face of Jizo (Chichi to Kuraseba) is a Japanese play written by Inoue Hisashi.


It was performed by Komatsuza as their 34th Play, from September 3 to September 18 in 1994, directed by Hitoshi Uyama, starring by Masayo Umezawa and Kei Suma[1]. Then has been is performed frequently not only all over Japan but also overseas. Paris in 1997, Moscow in 2001, Hong Kong in 2004 and London in 2007. Now, the play is performed by Komatsuza and some theatrical companies.


The play is adapted for a film "Chichi to Kuraseba" directed by Kuroki Kazuo, starring by Miyazawa Rie, Harada Yoshio and Asano Tadanobu, in 2004. It was filmed as the 3rd and concluding volume of Kazuo Kuroki's "Trilogy works for War Requiem". The story goes with the conversations between a daughter, a survivor of the atomic bombing and her father's ghost like a rapid-fire two-man act in attractive Hiroshima dialect. But, it is also the daughter's anguish to be acquitted from the fact that she could be survived but her father couldn't.


Three years after the atomic bombing, there is a young female librarian in Hiroshima. Her name is "Mitsue" who lost her father by the atomic bombing, and he was her only family member. Mitsue as a survivor, living alone, feeling sad and missing her father. One day, a young man visit her library to study and find the morgue of the atomic bombing. Then Mitsue and the young man will meet and be attracted by each other. But, when Mitsue think about her father, she feels "I cannot be happy", so, when he asked her go out, Mitsue will try to refuse him.

At that night, her father Takezo's ghost will appear at Mitsue to cheer her up, then Takezo will begin to try to open Mitsue's heart, because he wants her to be happy and hopes to have a chance to fall in love with the young man.