Daisuke Itō (伊藤 大輔, Itō Daisuke, 12 October 1898 – 19 July 1981) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter who played a central role in the development of the modern jidaigeki and samurai cinema.
Movies & TV shows
Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director
The life of a film director is a 1975 Japanese documentary film directed by Kaneto Shindo. Ugetsu can be found on the second disc of the Region 1 Criterion Collection.
Miyamoto Musashi VI: Swords of Death
In the sixth and final episode Rentaro Mikuni steals the show as Baiken Shishido, Musashi's nemesis. Mikuni is the nominal villain of the film, but he is a devoted husband and father as well. He tries...
The story of Ryoma Sakamoto, considered to be the architect behind the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate. He was considered an outlaw by his own clan, hunted by his government, and was despised by su...
The tragic, yet exciting story of the friendship between Nakayama Yasubei, a member of the 47 Ronin, and Tange Tenzen, a relative by marriage of the vile Lord Kira. The remake of Hakuki is called Samu...
The Day the Sun Rose
Shinkichi, a peasant employed as a cloth-dyer, has a dream: in the midst of the civil war which ravages Japan, he hopes to revive the long-banned custom of the Kyoto Gion Festival, and by doing so, br...
The Thieves' Who's Who
In the book of the world's greatest rogues, the number one man can only be one person.
Sleepy Eyes of Death 8: Sword of Villainy
A band of disgruntled samurai want to avenge the death of their sensei, a political reformer who pushed for better provisions for the lower classes until he was assassinated by Shogunate agents. Their...
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
Zatoichi befriends a chess player, fights off angry relatives and tries to save a sick child. His luck is changing.
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu
In turbulent 16th-century Japan, the leaders of a minor fief have their child taken from them as a political hostage. His mother and his clan endure years of tribulations until he can return.
An Actor's Revenge
While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge by seducing the da...
The King 2
Adaptation of novel.
Tragedy of the Coolie Samurai
Gonza was a handsome young laborer, a footman and spear-carrier, working hard for his meager wage. All Gonza wanted was to marry his young sweetheart, but despite their mutual poverty, her status as t...
Tales of Young Genji Kuro 3
In the third and final chapter of this epic tale, handsome swordsman Genji helps a vulnerable princess who is in search of a missing scroll that belongs to the Shogun. One of the most highly regarded ...
Mask of the Moon
Young swordsman, Tsukigata Hanpeita, longs for the day when rival clans cease their struggles for power and put an end to meaningless feudal wars. When he is appointed to oversee the Choshu Clan, he t...
Young lord Saburo Nobuyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to Tokuhime, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness. His manipulative mother adds...
Five Men of Edo
During the 17th Century roving bands of hatamoto were causing trouble in the new capital city of Edo and constantly fought with the townspeople at every turn. The leader of these ruthless samruai was ...
The Grand Master
Shogi is a Japanese form of chess that requires skill and determination. When poor sandal-maker Sakata decides to pursue his dream of becoming the Shogi Grand Master Champion, everything is at stake, ...
The Comb of Oroku
Once a wealthy local land owner, Toranosuke has fallen into hard times. The ostracism of those who neglect communal duties leads to Toranosuke being exiled from the village. Umakichi and Oroku were le...
An Actor's Revenge
A Kabuki troupe avenges the deaths of their parents. In 1963, it was remade as Yukinoj Henge.
The 1912 novel of the same title is based on a story of desire and ambition. Fujio is engaged to Munechika, a young diplomat. She promised him a gold watch as an emblem of their engagement. She falls ...
Man-Slashing Horse-Piercing Sword
In medieval Japan, a brutal and corrupt magistrate is planning to kill the child who is about to become the heir to the estate and position of the local lord and substitute his own "heir", an orphan, ...
Chuji's Travel Diary I: Koshu tate hen
The first of Chuji's Travels.
Chuji's Travel Diary II: Story of Bloody Shinshu
A Diary of Chuji's Travels is a silent Japanese jidaigeki made in 1927 starring Denjirō Ōkōchi and directed by Daisuke Itō. It was originally released in three parts, all of which were long thought to...
Chuji's Travel Diary III: The Chuji Patrol Episode
The Japanese equivalent of penny dreadfuls glorifying Jesse James, A Diary of Chuji’s Travels gives a unique gloss to the tale of Chuji Kunisada, the legendary bakuto (or gambler, the precursors to mo...
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