Jean-Luc Godard visited the grave of Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi in Kyoto, April 1966.

Kenji Mizoguchi was popular among the Cahiers du Cinema crowd long before his discovery by American cinephiles. In Godard’s Made In U.S.A. (1966), a character in the film played by Japanese singer Kyoko Kosaka was pointedly named as Doris Mizoguchi - a clear indication of Godard’s great admiration to Kenji Mizoguchi.