Kazuo Kuroki

10.11.1930, Matsuzaka, Mie, Japan - 12.04.2006, Tokyo, Japan


Kazuo Kuroki was a Japanese director and screenwriter, born in the Miyazaki prefecture and raised in Manchuria. In 1954, he joined the Iwanami production house and made documentaries. In 1966, he began directing feature films, such as Matsuri no junbi (Preparation for the Festival, 1975), Tobenai chinmoku (Silence has no Wings, 1966), Nippon no akuryo (Spirit of Japanese Evil, 1970) and Ryoma ansatsu (The Assassination of Ryoma, 1974). His other films are Yűgure made (1980), Tomorrow - ashita (1988), Rônin-gai (City of Masterless Samurai, 1990), Suri (Pickpocket, 2000), Utsukushii natsu kirishima (A Boy's Summer in 1945, 2002), Chichi to kuraseba (The Face of Jizo, 2004), which tells the story of the Hiroshima survivors and his last film Kamiya Etsuko no seishun (The Blossoming of Etsuko Kamiya, 2006).


Films by this director

A Boy's Summer in 1945


Directed by: Kazuo Kuroki
PHOTOGRAPHY: Masaki Tamura

This is a story about a 16 year-old boy Yasu’s growing up in the summer if 1945, right before WW II. Yasu’s parents send him from Tokyo to the country to visit his grandmother and grandfather. He manages to avoid the draft because of his poor health, but he feels guilty because of his friend’s death during an air attack.

color, 118 minuta

The Youth of Kamiya Etsuko

(Kamiya Etsuko no seishun, 2006.)

Directed by: Kazuo Kuroki
PHOTOGRAPHY: Koichi Kawakami

An old couple sits on the hospital’s roof and reminisces about a cherry tree that grew in front of Etskuo’s home in Komentsu. Slowly, the couple come around to discussing WW II and the circumstances that led to their meeting. Etsuko lived with her brother and his wife after their parents died. She was in love with lieutenant Akashi, her brother’s younger friend. However, one day Akashi proposes that Etsuko should marry his friend Nagayo.

color, 35mm, 111 min

Silence Has No Wings

(Tobenai chinmoku, Japan, 1966)

Directed by: Kazuo Kuroki
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tatsuo Suzuki

b/w, digital, 110'
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