Kazuyoshi Okuyama

Kazuyoshi Okuyama (1953) is Japan's number one producer. He was recently given ninth place by Screen International in its top ten of world film magnates. He has had many commercial successes thanks to his daring choice of directors (such as Kitano Takeshi for Violent Cop); he also made good use of several film veterans such as Hideo Gosha and Seijiro Koyama. Okuyama is at present involved with a large scale co- production between Hollywood and a large Japanese film studio.