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KAMIMURA Kazuo    [Edit]
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Name (in native language)
上村一夫

Birth Place
Yokosuka City, Kanagawa, Japan

Birth Date
March 7, 1940

Zodiac
Pisces

Last Updated
December 8th, 9:43pm PST

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Kazuo Kamimura was born in Yokosuka city in Kanagawa on March 7, 1940.

He graduated from Musashino Art University's Design Department in 1964.

After graduating, he took a part-time job at SENKOSYA, an advertising agency, where he worked as an illustrator.
It was here that he met Mr. Yu Aku, a famous songwriter in Japan, who asked Mr. Kamimura to collaborate with him. Mr. Aku wanted Mr. Kamimura to draw a comic strip with a dramatic story.

His debut was KAWAIKO SAYURICHAN NO DARAKU in Gekkan Town's first issue in 1967.
The next year, with the drawing of PARADA (original author: Yu Aku), his motivation changed from being an illustrator to that of a comic strip writer.

After that, he published many lyrical stories such as Dousei Jidai, Shura Yukihime (original story by Kazuo Koike), Shina no Kawa (original story by Hideo Okazaki),
etc...
DOUSEI JIDAI was especially a big hit and was called a new epoch in comics.

Quentin Tarantino used the theme song from 'Lady Snowblood' (1973) as an atmospheric piece for his epic martial arts film 'Kill Bill' (2003-2004), which shared a similar plotline. This brought 'Lady Snowblood' under worldwide attention and motivated the first English translation of the manga in 2005-2006 by Dark Horse. Translations of his other works soon followed. In 2009 Ed Brubaker, Marko Djurdjevic and Clay Mann created the character Lady Bullseye in Marvel's 'Daredevil' franchise as a tribute to Lady Snowblood.

He was called SHOWA NO ESHI, which means "Ukiyoe painter of the Showa Era," because of his elegant stroke lines.

He was so busy because he had to draw four hundred pages a month.


Hitoshi Iwaaki,(Parasyte, Historie), was his assistant.

In 1986, he was hospitalized with a pharynx tumor.
He died on January 11, 1986.
He was only 45 years old..

Blood Type
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Gender
Male

Genres
Seinen(40)  Drama(16)  Mature(15)  Historical(10)  Romance(9)  Adult(8)  Slice of Life(5)  Action(3)  Josei(3)  Shounen(2)  Psychological(2)  Yuri(1)  Tragedy(1) 

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Series Title (Click for series info)
Genre
Seinen
1977
Seinen
2009
Adult, Mature, Seinen
1975
Josei
1975
Seinen
1968
Mature, Seinen
1975
2004
Action, Seinen
1978
Drama, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
1972
Drama, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
1973
Mature, Seinen
1970
Drama, Josei, Romance
1973
Seinen
1980
Seinen
1971
Seinen
1978
Historical, Josei
1976
2008
Seinen
1986
Adult
1976
1980
Adult, Drama, Seinen, Slice of Life
1974
1973
Drama, Romance, Seinen
2003
Adult, Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen
1978
Shounen
1970
Historical
1983
Historical, Mature, Seinen, Slice of Life
1973
Drama, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen
1976
Drama, Historical, Romance, Seinen
2003
Drama, Romance, Seinen
1971
Adult, Mature, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life
1971
Shounen
1970
Seinen
1973
Drama, Seinen
1980
Seinen
1970
Mature, Seinen
1979
Seinen
1972
Adult, Drama, Mature, Seinen
1974
Seinen
1975
Drama, Historical, Mature, Romance, Seinen
1973
Seinen
1971
Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen, Tragedy
1977
Action, Adult, Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen, Yuri
1972
Drama, Romance, Seinen
1976
Action, Adult, Drama, Historical, Mature, Seinen
1973
Seinen
1976
Seinen
1982
Mature, Seinen
1979
Seinen
1984
Seinen
1978
Seinen
1974
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