Director OMORI Kazuki has passed away on November 12, 2022, at the age of 70.
Omori studied at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, and while in school, he began making films.
He made his theatrical director debut in the 1978 film Orange Road Kyuko (English title: Orange Road Express.) Based on his experiences, Omori made a film Hipokuratesu-tachi (1980, English Title: Disciples of Hippocrates) featuring the university hospital and it received the high acclaim.
In June, 1982, he was one of the founding members of the Director’s Company along with fellow directors Hasegawa Kazuhiko, Ishii Sogo (aka Ishii Gakuryu), Izutsu Kazuyuki, Ikeda Toshiharu, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Somai Shinji, Takahashi Banmei, and Negishi Kichitaro.
Thereafter, Omori was involved in Godzilla films from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) to Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995,) and also won the 29th Japan Academy Film Prize for Best Director for Waga kokoro no ginga tetsudo: Miyazawa Kenji monogatari (1996, English Title: Night Train to the Stars or Kenji Miyazawa Story)
Omori participated in the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) numerous times. He served as a member of the Young Cinema Competition Jury at the 7th TIFF Kyoto edition in 1994, and as a member of the International Competition Jury at the 28th TIFF in 2015.
As a director, he joined TIFF with his films below.
3rd TIFF (1989) Nippon Cinema Now Young Girls in Love
4th TIFF (1991) Special Invitational Screenings Godzilla vs. Kingghidora
8th (1995) International Competition Emergency Call
9th (1996) Special Screenings Night Train to the Stars
We would like to express our sincere condolences and would like to convey our deepest sympathy.
Tokyo International Film Festival