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Name: Futaro Yamada  
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Date of Birth: 4th January 1922
Place of Birth: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Profession: Writer
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Futaro Yamada (山田 風太郎 Yamada Fūtarō, January 4, 1922 - July 28, 2001) was a Japanese author.

Yamada was the son of doctors, and his first intention was to be a doctor, also, but during his attendance at the Tokyo Medical College in 1947, he wrote one novel and was awarded a prize by a detective novel magazine. After graduation in 1950 Yamada decided to become a novelist. His favourite genres were the detective story and the ninja, "Koga Ninpocho" being the most famous. In 1956 two of his detective novels were converted into films, but from 1963 almost all of his 16 large screen adaptations were ninja novels. The success of the first movie, "Edo Ninpocho: Nanatsu no Kage" ("Record of Edo Ninja: Seven Shadows") followed by "Tsukikage Ninpocho: Nijuichi no Manako" ("Account of Moon Shadow Ninja: 21 Eyes" the same year, encouraged Toei Film Production to produce an entire film series about the Yamada novels until 1969, firstly in black and white and CinemaScope.

In 1964 Toei started the "Kunoichi" film series, with female ninja, and this was be the key to its success. At the beginning of the 1980s Toei produced two other films, "Makai Tensho" ("Samurai Reincarnation") and "Iga Ninpocho" ("Iga Magic Story") which centered on the fantastic side of Yamada ninja novels. Yamada wrote his last novel, "The Death of Jûbei Yagyu" in 1991, but his popularity did not weaken. From 1991 to 1998 "Kunoichi" and "Makai Tensho" were converted into two original video series. And again, two films were produced based on these stories in 1998 and 2003, respectively.

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