Toshio Masuda

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​   Toshio Masuda (born October 5, 1927 in Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan) is a Japanese film director. He developed a reputation as a consistent box office hit-maker. Over the course of five decades, 16 of his films made the yearly top ten lists at the Japanese box office—a second place record in the industry. Between 1958 and 1968 he directed 52 films for the Nikkatsu Company. He was their top director of action films and worked with the company's top stars, including Yujiro Ishihara with whom he made 25 films. After the breakdown of the studio system, he moved on to a succession of big-budget movies including the American-Japanese co-production Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and the science fiction epic Catastrophe 1999: The Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974). He worked on such anime productions as the Space Battleship Yamato series. His corporate drama Company Funeral (1989) earned him a Japanese Academy Award nomination and wins at the Blue Ribbon Awards and Mainichi Film Awards. In Japan, his films are well remembered by fans and called genre landmarks by critics. He remains little known abroad save for rare exceptions of his post-Nikkatsu work such as Tora! Tora! Tora!. However, a number of his films were screened in a 2005 Nikkatsu Action Cinema retrospective in Italy and a few have since made their way to the United States. At the age of 81, he is currently prepping to helm Uchū Senkan Yamato: Fukkatsu hen (2009).

Most Popular Toshio Masuda Trailers

Total trailers found: 44

Tora! Tora! Tora! Trailer (1970)

26 January 1970

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end.

Mushishi: The Next Chapter - Drops of Bells Trailer (2015)

16 May 2015

Ginko stumbles upon a young girl in a mountain with branches and leaves growing out of her body. He later realises that she is the lord of that mountain but finds it strange that a human like her was chosen as the lord.

Odin: Starlight Mutiny Trailer (1985)

10 August 1985

Odin centers around the novice crew of the laser sailing space schooner Starlight as they embark on an historic interstellar test flight.

Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf Trailer (1992)

23 December 1992

Terry Bogard's father was murdered by a man named Geese Howard for the purpose of retrieving a ancient manual on martial arts.

Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny Trailer (1972)

10 October 1972

The great Daimyo enlists the aid of the three Shadow Hunters in ensuring the delivery of an illegal cannon in this sequel to Toshio Masuda's bloody adaptation of the manga by Takao Saito.

Prophecies of Nostradamus Trailer (1974)

13 July 1974

Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand.

Battle Anthem Trailer (1983)

04 June 1983

The Tragedy of Today Trailer (1958)

11 November 1958

College students come up with a scam to rob a gambling house. When it comes time to collect, the money isn't there, leading the young men into even more serious crime.

Space Battleship Yamato Trailer (1977)

06 August 1977

When vile aliens known as the Gamilons wreak nuclear havoc on Earth, a group of survivors refit the Japanese battleship Yamato for intergalactic travel and set off on a mission to retrieve a neutralizer that will eradicate the radiation from Earth's atmosphere.

Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage Trailer (1979)

10 September 1979

Time to ease up ... not! Although the Yamato's crew has witnessed the end of the long, hard-fought Comet Empire War, a peaceful future will have to wait.

Tokyo Blackout Trailer (1987)

16 January 1987

Based on a science-fiction novel by Sakyo Komatsu. Tokyo is suddenly covered by a dome shaped electromagnetic cloud for an unknown reason and is totally blocked and isolated from other parts of the world.

Space Battleship Yamato - Final Chapter Trailer (1983)

19 March 1983

The Galman Empire is destroyed but the planet Galmania is not, by a chance collision of galaxies. The Bolar Federation worlds including Planet Bolar are destroyed.

High Teen Boogie Trailer (1982)

07 August 1982

Iemitsu, Hizoka and Isshin Tasuke: A National Crsis - Edo Castle in Danger! Trailer (1989)

01 January 1989

The Eagle and the Hawk Trailer (1957)

29 September 1957

In a warehouse area at night, a drunk chief engineer is stabbed to death by someone who whistles. After the break of dawn, two seamen join the crew of a rusty cargo ship Kaiyo Maru.

The Imperial Japanese Empire Trailer (1982)

07 August 1982

Story of three people, a barber, a Christian and a graduate of the Tokyo Military Academy during the 2nd World War.

Outlaw: Gangster VIP Trailer (1968)

13 January 1968

Goro (Tetsuya Watari) had grown up in the yakuza world. As an active member of the Mizuhara family crime syndicate, he expressed his loyalty by always putting himself in the forefront of every battle.

Sure Death 5 Trailer (1991)

23 December 1991

Fifth movie in the Hissatsu (Sure Death!) Series.

Red Handkerchief Trailer (1964)

03 January 1964

A hot-shot detective in Yokohama kills a witness during a drug investigation. He flees to the countryside and evades his past for several years, only to return to find the woman he loved married to his former partner.

Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato Trailer (1978)

14 July 1978

The Yamato and her crew face the onslaught of the Comet Empire, a civilization from the Andromeda Galaxy who seek to conquer Earth, led by Prince Zordar.

Heavenly Sin Trailer (1992)

03 October 1992

Elite lawyer Ryoko enlists the help of a foreign mafia in rescuing her son from a criminal who holds grudge against her.

Velvet Hustler Trailer (1967)

06 October 1967

A young yakuza hitman named Goro does a job and needs to hideout away from Tokyo for a while. He hangs out with loose women and hard men and always manages to stay one step ahead of the law.

The Rusty Knife Trailer (1958)

01 January 1958

Udaka is a new, post-war city where corruption has already taken hold. A persistent district attorney wants to arrest and convict Katsumata, a laughing, self-confident thug.

Hill 203 Trailer (1980)

02 August 1980

Jeans Blues: No Future Trailer (1974)

30 March 1974

Hijiriko makes off from the bar she works at with money and a car that isn't hers. Meanwhile, Jiro Katagiri is up to no good with his gangster friends and ends up making off with all their ill-gotten gains, much to their disapproval.

Future War 1986 Trailer (1982)

01 January 1982

An American scientist constructs a laser satellite with hopes of preventing any nuclear conflicts from occurring.

Red Pier Trailer (1958)

22 September 1958

50s subculture icon Yujiro Ishihara (Crazed Fruit) stars in Masuda's Red Pier as "Jiro the Lefty", a killer with a natural talent.

Be Forever Yamato Trailer (1980)

01 August 1980

The Black Nebula Empire attacks Earth and threatens to blow up the planet with a bomb they placed on Earth if counter attacked.

Chase That Man Trailer (1972)

23 February 1972

The story of the desperate struggle between the police and a large crime syndicate.

High Seas Hijack Trailer (1977)

20 October 1977

Terrorists hijack an oil tanker and threaten to blow it up unless Japan meets their demands.

Shadow Hunters Trailer (1972)

10 June 1972

Set during the declining years of the Tokugawa shogunate, Shadow Hunters details the questionably noble exploits of three ronin who act as "Shadow Hunters".

This Story of Love Trailer (1987)

12 September 1987

Life and love stories of stunt men and women.

The Champion Trailer (1957)

01 May 1957

Eikichi Yamashiro, who is a former contender for the boxing title, works as a manager at a Club Champion owned by his fiancé Natsuko’s father.

Tree of Youth Trailer (1960)

29 April 1960

Takeshi, bound to be an outlaw youth, boards at the home of his female schoolmate who works at the family restaurant in devil-may-care Akasaka.

Sword and Flower Trailer (1972)

14 April 1972

Masuda Toshio film starring Watari Tetsuya and Mori Masayuki, about a lone-wolf type (Watari) seeking love and defending the honor of an elderly widower (Mori).

Company Executives Trailer (1989)

10 June 1989

A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.

I Look Up When I Walk Trailer (1962)

04 March 1962

Masuda’s tough take on juvenile street gangs created an international pop hit with the movie’s title song, sung by lead actor and heart throb Kyu Sakamoto and released as “Sukiyaki” in America (where it would be the only Japanese song ever to chart at number one).

Lost in the Sun Trailer (1961)

16 August 1961

Monument to the Girl's Corps Trailer (1968)

20 September 1968

In 1943, critical developments in the Pacific War have placed Japan at a disadvantage, although the fiery breaths of war hadn't yet reached Okinawa Normal School for women.

Love: Starting on a Journey Trailer (1985)

26 January 1985

A girl suffering from an incurable disease get in a coma, while her boyfriend visit her to the hospital, she visits the beyond.

Zerosen moyu Trailer (1984)

11 August 1984

The Great Shogunate Battle Trailer (1991)

14 December 1991

Human Revolution II Trailer (1976)

19 June 1976

Dramatic story of one man trying to make a difference.

The Explosion Trailer (1975)

12 July 1975

Thriller about hijackers taking control of an oil tanker and threatening to blow it all up in Tokyo Bay.