Masaki Kobayashi, (born February 14, 1916) is a Japanese director who is probably best known for Kwaidan, a collection of four ghost stories (based off works by Lafcadio Hearn), each of which has a surprise ending. (Some versions of the film in the U.S. have had the second story removed--look for the 164 minute version if you wish to see all four). Kobayashi also directed The Human Condition, a trilogy on war clocking in at nine and a half hours; the film is nearly impossible to find except in metropolitan areas.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
Masaki Kobayashi Facts
|Birthday||February 14, 1916|
|Date of death||October 4, 1996 (age 80)|