Genjiro Arato

Genjirō Arato
Born (1946-10-10)10 October 1946
Nagasaki, Japan
Died 7 November 2016(2016-11-07) (aged 70)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Film producer, director, actor

Genjirō Arato (荒戸 源次郎 Arato Genjirō, 10 October 1946 – 7 November 2016) was a Japanese film producer, actor and director.


In 1980, Arato produced Zigeunerweisen for director Seijun Suzuki. He was unable to secure exhibitors for the film and famously exhibited it himself in a specially-built, inflatable, mobile tent. The film won four Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and was voted the best Japanese film of the 1980s by Japanese critics.[1] He also produced Tatsushi Ōmori's The Whispering of the Gods in 2005.[2]

In 1995, Arato directed The Girl of the Silence, which stars Mami Nakamura and Kaori Momoi.[3] He returned with the 2003 film, Akame 48 Waterfalls, starring Takijirō Ōnishi, Michiyo Okusu and Shinobu Terajima.[4] His 2010 film, The Fallen Angel, starred Toma Ikuta.[5]

He died of ischemic heart disease on 7 November 2016 at the age of 70.[6]





  1. Rayns, Tony (1994). "1980: Zigeunerweisen". Branded to Thrill: The Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijun. Institute of Contemporary Arts. p. 43. ISBN 0-905263-44-8.
  2. Edwards, Russell (November 15, 2005). "Review: "The Whispering Of The Gods"". Variety.
  3. Lowry, Brian (November 26, 1995). "Review: "The Girl of the Silence"". Variety.
  4. Schilling, Mark (February 4, 2004). "Akame 48 Waterfalls (Akame Shijyuyataki Shinjyumisui)". Screen International.
  5. Schilling, Mark (February 16, 2010). "'Ningen Shikkaku'/'Saru Lock the Movie'". The Japan Times.
  6. "荒戸源次郎が逝去、鈴木清順"浪漫三部作"や阪本順治「トカレフ」など製作". Natalie. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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