Masaki Tamura

Masaki Tamura
Native name たむら まさき
Born 田村 正毅
(1939-01-26) January 26, 1939
Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Cinematographer

Masaki Tamura (たむら まさき Tamura Masaki, born 26 January 1939)[1] is a Japanese cinematographer. He is also credited as Masaki Tamra.[2]


Born in Aomori Prefecture, Tamura early on worked at Iwanami Productions (Iwanami Eiga), where as an assistant he helped photograph documentary films.[3] He became a full-fledged cinematographer working on many of the documentaries of Shinsuke Ogawa. At the same time, he began photographing feature fiction films by directors such as Kazuo Kuroki, Yōichi Higashi, and Toshiya Fujita. He particularly became known for his collaborations with Mitsuo Yanagimachi. After working with many famous directors such as Juzo Itami, Sōgo Ishii, Gō Takamine, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Kaizō Hayashi, he began working in the 1990s with a new generation of directors, such as Nobuhiro Suwa, Naomi Kawase, and Makoto Satō. His collaborations with Shinji Aoyama have been notable in recent years.


In 1982, he won the Mainichi Film Award for best cinematography for the film Farewell to the Land.[4] The same year, he won the best cinematography award at the Yokohama Film Festival for Farewell to the Land and A Japanese Village - Furuyashikimura.[5]

Selected filmography


  1. Tamura, Masaki; Aoyama, Shinji (2007). Suigan no Machi (in Japanese). Asahi Shinsho. p. 8.
  2. Weissberg, Jay (18 May 2005). "Review: 'Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachtani?'". Variety.
  3. Tamura, Masaki; Katsu Kanai (3 October 1995). "Documentarists of Japan, No. 8: Tamura Masaki". Documentary Box. 8.
  4. "Mainichi Konkūru no ayumi: 1982-nen". Mainichi Film Awards. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  5. "Dai 4-kai Yokohama Eigasai". Retrieved 4 October 2011.
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