Masahiro Shinoda

09.03.1931, Gifu, Japan


Shinoda studied literature at the Waseda University and worked as assistant director in the film company Shochiku. He made his directing debut with Koi no katamichi kippu (One-Way Ticket for Love, 1960), and later he made Kawazita mizummi (Youth in Fury, 1960), Kawaita hana (Pale Flower, 1964), Utsukushisa to kanashimi to (With Beauty and Sorrow, 1965) that was already shown in Tuškanac, Shinjű: Ten no amijima (Double Suicide, 1969), Himiko (1974), Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (MacArthur's Children, 1984), Sharaku (1995) and Spy Sorge (2003).


Films by this director

With Beauty and Sorrow

(Utsukushisa to kanashimi to, 1965)

Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda

This is a story about a love triangle between a man and two women.

color, 106 minuta

Gonza the Spearman


Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kazuo Miyagawa

Gonza Sasano’s master offers him the hand of his daughter in marriage. Gonza cannot refuse his master and ends up engaged to his daughter even though he is already secretly engaged to another girl. He does that because he wants to learn the secret of the tea ceremony from his master’s family. However, his fiancée’s mother finds out about his other engagement and teaches him the ceremony of tea in advance because she wants to find out his true intentions.

color, 126 min

Samurai Spy

(Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke, 1965.)

Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda

The story takes place in the beginning of the 17th century, during the fragile peace era. Sarutobi Sasuke is the Sanada clan spy who finds himself between two enemy spy groups, the Tokugawa shogunate and the Toyomi clan. When he hears of Tatewaki Koriyama's plan to join the Toyomi clan, Sarutobi must find him. At the same time he is followed by a man dressed in a white suit, accompanied by a group of black ninjas…

35 mm, b/w, 102 min
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