Kinji Fukasaku
 Date of birth:
      July 3rd, 1930
      Mito, Japan
 Date of death:
      January 12th, 2003
      Tokyo, Japan

Born in Mito, Japan (the same birthplace as Rikio Ishikawa, the infamous yakuza whose violent life Fukasaku would later depict in his film Graveyard of Honor), Kinji Fukasaku joined Toei in 1953 as an assistant director and directed his first film, The Drifting Detective, in 1961. In his truly amazing career that lasted over forty years, he produced over sixty films and brought us everything from gritty yakuza flicks like Battles Without Honor and Humanity to big budget sci-fi films such as Message From Space to samurai films like The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy to horror films such as Crest of Betrayal to romantic comedies like Fall Guy. He even directed a musical called Shanghai Rhapsody. His best known works in the West include The Green Slime, a goofy but well meaning space opera with American thespians, the Japanese segments for Tora! Tora! Tora!, which he directed along with Toshio Masuda after Akira Kurosawa backed out and his magnum opus Battle Royale. Sadly, Fukasaku passed away due to cancer after completing only one day of footage for Battle Royale II. Though Toho Studios was involved in the production of only two of his films (Under the Flag of the Rising Sun and Virus), he will remembered for generations to come as one of Japan's finest filmmakers, who, like such American directors as Howard Hawks and Robert Wise, produced numerous entertaining films in multiple genres.

Director Toho Filmography
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Virus (1980)

Writer Toho Filmography
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Virus (1980)