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Kōki Mitani

Japanese playwright, screenwriter, actor and film director

1961   -  

country of citizenship: Japan
language of expression: Japanese
educated at: Nihon University
occupation: playwright, screenwriter, actor, film director, impresario, film producer
award received: Mainichi Film Award for Best Screenplay, Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Newcomer

Kōki Mitani (三谷 幸喜, Mitani Kōki, born July 8, 1961) is a Japanese playwright, screenwriter, actor and film director and was previously married to Japanese actress Satomi Kobayashi. He was named after Taihō Kōki, the youngest sumo wrestler to become yokozuna. He studied dramatics at Nihon University. In an attempt to add his own character to his movies, as a director he takes most of his scenes with a one-scene=one-shot system, moving the camera around as opposed to cutting. He claims this comes from his experience in theatre, where there are no cuts. Mitani does not use a computer.
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