Hideo Gosha (五社 英雄, Gosha Hideo, February 26, 1929 – August 30, 1992) was a Japanese film director.Born in Arasaka, Tokyo Prefecture, Gosha graduated from high school and served in the Imperial Navy during the Second World War. After earning a business degree at Meiji University, he joined Nippon television as a reporter in 1953. In 1957 he moved on to the newly founded Fuji Television and rose through the ranks as a producer and director. One of his television shows, the chambara Three Outlaw Samurai, so impressed the heads of the Shochiku film studio that he was offered the chance to adapt it as a feature film in 1964. Following this film's financial success, he directed a string of equally successful chambara productions through the end of the 1960s. His two most critical and popular successes of the period are Goyokin and Hitokiri (also known as Tenchu), both released in 1969 and both considered to be two of the finest examples of the chambara genre.During the 1970s Gosha abandoned pure chambara and turned his productive energies toward films in the yakuza genre but he still produced period sword films such as The Wolves (1971), Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (1978), and Hunter in the Dark (1979). His films Three Outlaw Samurai and Sword of the Beast (1965) have been released by Criterion.By the early 1980s, Gosha began making period films that featured prostitutes as protagonists that were renowned for their realism, violence, and overt sexuality. They were critically panned for those very reasons, but they were also all box office successes. In 1984 he was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for The Geisha.Gosha’s films have influenced directors including Chang Cheh, Takashi Miike, and Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
Movies & TV shows
Four Days of Snow and Blood
The attempted coup in Japan in 1936 was launched by radical ultra-nationalist parts of the military. The center of Tokyo was briefly held by the rebels before the coup was suppressed.
Prostitutes in burnt out Tokyo ghetto of post-WWII Japan peddle their flesh and save one-third of their money for a proposed dancehall to be named Paradise. The hookers live in a bombed-out building, ...
A man was forced to sell his daughter to a brothel in the largest red-light district in Tokyo. The owners of the brothel want to make her a great new addition which will attract the richest of custome...
While her husband is in prison doing time, Tamaki, the wife of a yakuza capo, runs her spouse’s gang with an iron hand. Meanwhile, Makoto, her younger sister, marries a member of a rival band after be...
Three men sentenced to death are spared and become assassins for a group of high ranking officials. During their investigation on some illegal business, one of them, called "Yazuke the Viper", finds h...
Drama about the difficult relationship between a former wrestler, his wife and their adopted children.
When a fugitive begins a romance with the woman hiding him from the law, it becomes uncertain whether he will ever escape the shadow of his heinous crimes--or the detectives hot on his trail.
Fireflies in the North
During the early days of the Meiji era, the brutal warden of Kabato Prison used to intimidate convicts sentenced to forced labor to build the roads needed to open up the territory.
Yokiro was the most successful Geisha house in Western Japan during the first half of the 20th century, and remains open to this day. Behind the fabulous facade, there were many battles between family...
Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo
A re-make of the classic story made for television in 1982.
Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
The egocentric boss of a small yakuza clan on Shikoku Island is called Onimasa and he has criminal duties that conflict with his self- image as a chivalrous samurai. This epic tale of justice, disobed...
Hunter in the Dark
Yataro Tanigawa, a hired assassin, impressed Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skills. During an inter-clan conflict, Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard. Tanigawa's boss's enemies are almost overwhelming as ...
After killing the boss of the Kanno gang, Seji Iwahashi was released early, only to find that his former gang had merged with the Kannos. With bitter resentments on both sides, how long will bloodshed...
Samurai Wolf II
A group of prisoners are being transported to their executions and one of them looks like his dead father. There are crooked gold miners, a beautiful girl who is crazy and a dojo master who is obsesse...
Cash Calls Hell
Oida's cell mate agreed to assassinate three people in exchange for a half-share of Oida's money. Oida had second thoughts after meeting his first potential victim. The body count starts climbing even...
The story of a vagrant samurai, named Kiba, who arrives at a village to defend a beautiful, blind woman against a sinister plot. Her attackers sent against another samurai, named Sana, who was without...
Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn
Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange Sazen, he searc...
Sword of the Beast
In Hideo Gosha's Sword of the Beast, a low-level swordsman kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. He decided to live in the wild because of the betrayal he received from his former colle...
Three Outlaw Samurai
A band of peasants kidnapped the daughter of a dictator in order to get him to reduce taxes. Two people from the magistrate's guard, Sakura and Kikyo, join the fight. The three outlaws are fighting fo...
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