Japanese filmmaker Satsuo Yamamoto started out acting on-stage. In 1933, he became an assistant director and four years later began directing his own films. In 1938, he directed the first screen adaptation of Gide's La Symphonie Pastorale and gained international recognition. After that Yamamoto became well respected for his literary adaptations, but didn't become considered a really important director until the early '50s when he began making films independently. These films were almost violently left wing and of them, his most famous is Storm Clouds Over Mount Hakone (1951).