Image by Reiko OKUYAMA (Winter Days, 2003)
The aim of this project is to assemble complete filmographies and bibliographic information for women working behind the scenes in the Japanese film and television industry. From the director's chair to in-betweening work for anime, Japanese women have made great contributions to Japanese filmic culture and deserve more recognition for their achievements. It is my great hope that this wiki will assist researchers looking for more information about Japanese filmmakers, cinematographers, art directors, script girls, animators, and more.
If you are interested in becoming a collaborating on this project, please contact me via Facebook.
Blair, Gavin J. "Japan's Female Directors Making Their Mark in Patriarchal Industry." The Hollywood Reporter. 1 April 2014.
Kelly, Gabrielle and Cheryl Robson, eds. Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through. Twickenham, UK: Supernova Books, 2014.
Laird, Colleen A. Sea Change: On the Rising Tide of Female Directors in Japan. Dissertation, U of Oregon, 2013.
MaGee, Chris. Top Ten Most Influential Women in Japanese Film. Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow. 19 March 2011.
Mizoguchi, Akiko. The "Japanese Women Filmmakers" Conference. Documentary Box. (University of Colorado, Boulder, October 5-7, 2000).
Okubo, Ken'ichi. "Islands in the Mist." Cinemaya. Autumn/Winter 1994-95, pp. 30-5.
Schilling, Marc. Japan’s female directors make a strong showing. Japan Times. 28 Dec. 2012.
On the Megaphone: Female Directors Enter the Movie Scene. Trends in Japan. 6 Oct. 1998.
Sharp, Jasper. Underground Fruit: Atsuko Ohno talks about Peaches. The Japan Times. 18 Sept. 2009.
Sharp, Jasper. Women Who Love to Shoot: A rising tide of women film directors in Japan gets festival treatment. The Japan Times. 18 Sept. 2009.