Yoichi Sai (born 6 July 1949 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese film director. His mother is Japanese, His father is zainichi Korean.

His 2004 film Chi to hone won four Japanese Academy Awards, including two for Sai himself, for Best Director and Best Screenplay. He had previously received two nominations in the same categories for Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru. In 1999 he shot Buta no mukui (The Pig's Retribution), a film set in the lavish natural scenery of Okinawa, inspired by the 1996 Akutagawa Prize-winning eponymous novel by Eiki Matayoshi. The film won the Don Quixote prize at Locarno International Film Festival in 1999.

He won the award for Best Screenplay at the 11th Yokohama Film Festival for A Sign Days.[1]

As an actor, he appeared in Nagisa Oshima's 1999 film Taboo.



2009 Kamui
2007 Soo aka Double Casting
2004 Chi to hone aka Blood and Bones
2004 Quill
2002 Doing Time aka Keimusho no naka
1999 Buta no mukui
1998 Inu hashiru aka Dog Race
1995 Mâkusu no yama aka Marks
1995 Heisei musekinin-ikka: Tokyo de luxe
1993 Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru aka All Under the Moon
1989 A Sign Days
1987 Kuroi doresu no onna
1985 Tomo yo shizukani nemure
1984 Itsuka darekaga korosareru
1983 Seiteki hanzai
1983 Jukkai no mosquito


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