Noburō Ōfuji (大藤 信郎 Ōfuji Noburō?, June 1, 1900 – July 28, 1961) was a Japanese film director and animator. One of the most notable auteurs of anime of the first half of the 20th century (one of the industry's most prestigious awards, the Mainichi Film Awards' Ōfuji Noburō Award, is named after him), he worked primarily with cutout and silhouette animation. He also made a number of films in traditional animation, using then-expensive, imported cels, while his earliest work known to have survived is a live-action/animated film. He trained under Jun'ichi Kōuchi before starting his own company. He is known for his employment of washi, especially the coloured and patterned Edo chiyogami, which gives his films a distinctively Japanese appearance. He was one of the first Japanese animators to earn international recognition for his work.
- Hanamizake (1924)
- Kemurigusa monogatari (1924)
- Noroma no oyaji (1924)
- Kirigami zaiku Saiyuki: Songoku monogatari (1926)
- Baguda-jō no tōzoku (馬具田城の盗賊) (1926)
- Kujira (鯨) (1927)
- Mikansen (1927)
- Yaji-Kita jigoku gokuraku (1927)
- Chinsetsu Yoshida goten (珍説吉田御殿) (1928)
- Hoshi (1928)
- Kirinuki urashima (1928)
- Kogane no hana (1929)
- Usotsuki-jō (1929)
- Jidō shōka eiga: Muramatsuri [The Village Festival] (村祭) (1930)
- Komainu no me (1930)
- Osekisho (1930)
- Kokka kimigayo (1931)
- Haru no uta [Song of Spring] (春の唄) (1931)
- Kokoro no chikara (1931)
- Kuronyago (1931)
- Musashiyama to Asashio no chin-zumō (1931)
- Kaeru san-yushi (1933)
- Numa no taisho (1933)
- Saiyuki (1934)
- San-ba no chō (1934)
- Tengu taiji (1934)
- Chinkoroheibei tamatebako [Chinkoroheibei and the Treasure Box] (ちんころ平平玉手箱) (1936)
- Dosei (1936)
- Dango no yukue (1937)
- Katsura hime (1937)
- Sora no arawashi - Sensen manga (1938)
- Warae yamaotoko (1938)
- Yakko no Takohei: Otomo wa tsuyoi ne (1938)
- Umi no arawashi (1939)
- Kodomo to kōsaku (1941)
- Mare-oki kaisen (1943)
- Kumo no itō (1946)
- Yuki no yo no yume (1947)
- Kuma ni kuwarenu otoko (1948)
- Shaka (釈迦) (1948)
- Taisei shakuson (1949)
- Seisho genso-fu: Adam to Eve (1951)
- Kujira (くじら) (1952)
- Taisei shakuson (1952)
- Hana to chō (1954)
- Kojiki sho: Amano iwato-biraki no maki (1955)
- Yūreisen (幽霊船) (1956)
- Kojiki monogatari dai nihen: Yamatano-orochi taiji (1956)
- Kojiki monogatari: Okuni no mikoto to inaba no usagi (1957)
- Kojiki monogatari: Tenson korin no maki (1958)
- Kojiki monogatari: Koson-ke no mittsuno takara (1959)
- Shaka no shogai (釈迦の生涯) (1961)
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- Mura Matsuri on YouTube, a 1930 film by Ōfuji set to a song performed by Eiko Hirai
- Ofuji, Noburo at the Japanese Animation Filmography Project
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