Tomu Uchida, Ranked

Tomu Uchida is possibly the greatest Japanese director that is virtually unknown in the West. Within Japan, he is universally praised, his masterpiece A Fugitive From The Past (1965) ranking among the very best Japanese films of all-time. But outside of Japan, his work is still mostly unknown.

Uchida’s obscurity in the West can be attributed to the fact that he doesn’t fit the mold of auteurism. He was a genre film stylist whose films are tied together primarily through his ever-developing socially conscious worldview and strong craftsmanship. His body of work is eclectic, and sometimes uneven.

Before World War II, he was known for making ‘tendency films,’ a genre that dealt with left-wing and reformist themes. He began making…

  • A Fugitive from the Past

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  • The Mad Fox

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  • The Master Spearman

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  • Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza

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  • Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

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  • The Outsiders

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  • Twilight Saloon

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  • A Hole of My Own Making

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  • Earth

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  • The Horse Boy

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  • The Eleventh Hour

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  • Police Officer

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  • Tale of a Boy: Noble Heart

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  • Unending Advance

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  • The Kuroda Affair

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